In today's world, it's not good enough just to educate children we have to inspire them! From the earliest ages, today's kids are exposed to the world of Facebook, Twitter, and the world wide web, where everything is instant, and much of it is very engaging to them. If schools and educators want to compete with this new reality, it's time to get out of the education rut we've been in for the last 10-15 years. We must harness the power of technology instead of fighting to push our students away from it. We must welcome new and fresh ideas to the education arena, and find new ways to inspire our kids to become the great leaders and innovators of tomorrow.
In addition, I can say that I haven't found a sector of society where healthy competition hasn't benefited that sector to some degree. I think states have the responsibility and obligation to assess the health and value of their public schools and be realistic about struggles and shortfalls. This should be an ongoing and honest dialogue. Mid-Missouri simply cannot afford to follow the path of the Kansas City School System, which recently had their accreditation stripped because they had simply ceased to be relevant and functional. Everything must be on the table, and the welfare and advancement of our children must be the only desired outcome!