Intertitle: Which over­looked issue should the next President prioritize?

Campbell Brown: Without ques­tion, to me the issue is edu­ca­tion. Two out of three 8th graders in this coun­try can­not read or do math at grade lev­el. We are not prepar­ing our kids for what the future holds. Globalization, advances in tech­nol­o­gy are chang­ing our world so quick­ly, and we are not prepar­ing our chil­dren for the world to come.

Intertitle: What job should the next President have to do?

Brown: I think the next pres­i­dent should spend time in the class­room as a teacher, but in two dif­fer­ent kinds of class­rooms. I think that the pres­i­dent should vis­it and spend a day—or more—teaching in a high-poverty school that’s fail­ing, and tru­ly under­stand, or try to under­stand, what that envi­ron­ment looks like and feels like. 

And then go to a sub­ur­ban school, where they have a much dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ence. But also dif­fer­ent chal­lenges. There’s not a one size fits all, but we have to be much more thought­ful about how we’re address­ing these problems.

Further Reference

Introductory post about this series, and for this install­ment, at Slate.