Amid a heated presidential contest, national education leader, KnowledgeWorks, releases its first-ever Education Playbook to change the narrative.
In the first eight presidential debates, more than 175,000 words were spoken, but “education” was only mentioned 64 times. With the primary election looming and more debates on the calendar, there couldn’t be a better opportunity to discuss the U.S. education system.
“It’s time to raise the level of education debate in the country,” KnowledgeWorks Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Matt Williams said. “As the presidential candidates hit the campaign trail before the primaries, we must talk about and imagine a new vision for teaching and learning in the U.S.”
Compared to mentions of “jobs” or “economy,” education appears to be an afterthought. However, as KnowledgeWorks argues, education is the root of job creation and workforce development.
“After high school, our students enter an ever-changing, innovative, interconnected workforce,” Williams said. “How can we prepare them for those realities? How can we better leverage technological innovations to ensure education keeps up with other sectors? These are the types of questions we should be asking.”
The playbook includes five visions for teaching and learning and aligned policy recommendations, which were developed from conversations with hundreds of teachers, administrators, district leaders, non-profit organizations, state education agencies and policymakers throughout the country. The visions were informed by KnowledgeWorks research-based future forecast, The Future of Learning: Education in the Era of Partners in Code, which considers learning in 2025.
But overall, Education Playbook is meant to bring learning into the spotlight.
“The strength of our education system affects everyone in the country: parents, community members, business owners, teachers, hiring managers, college students, grandparents and everyone in between,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “Education is a crucial conversation, and debates thus far have missed the mark. It’s time that we ask candidates to discuss what teaching and learning could – and should – be to ensure that every student has his or her best chance at success.”