Monday, April 1, 2013
Visit from the Secretary of Education
The Secretary of Education is a really cool guy! Ok, so this is the story. A few weeks ago, I was asked to be on a panel with Arne Duncan. I couldn't believe it! I kept thinking "Something bad is going to happen. I'm going to get the flu or get into a car accident, or maybe Arne Duncan will just cancel." But the day came and I wasn't sick, we didn't get into a car accident, and one of my sweetest friends even did make-up for me (I can't do my own make-up, being blind). So, before Arne Duncan arrived everyone was very nervous and reading over tons of articles about new education initiatives that President Obama is trying to make happen. I kept focusing on early childhood articles, because I believe with all my heart and soul that universal pre-k is a fabulous idea. I just can't believe there are people out there who disagree and say that it's a waste of money to provide more pre-k education throughout the country. The eight panelists from my school were very honest in the discussion. We told Secretary Duncan that sometimes we feel like there are so many new initiatives and so much to do that we're constantly playing "catch-up." Sometimes living in the Washington D.C. area, I meet people who actually say they're sorry to me once they find out I'm a teacher because they think it's not a very worthwhile profession and that we just babysit all day. I think that this needs to change and that people in the general population need to realize how important early childhood education is. We all know that very intelligent people decide to go into teaching because it's their passion and their dream, not as an easy way out or because we lack talent for other jobs.
The video above is an abbreviated version of the discussion. Below is the full video, if you're interested in watching it. Let me know what you think.