Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush comes to Michigan to talk to lawmakers about education reform and Michigan Matters host Carol Cain gets an exclusive interview. Then Cain speaks with Iris Salters of the Michigan Education Association and Keith Johnson from the Detroit Federation of Teachers. She also gets additional comments from Governor Rick Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, House Speaker Jase Bolger, Betsey DeVos, Glen Taylor of Way, and Michigan Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan on this week’s Michigan Matters.

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Comments (4)
  1. Little-Duckie says:

    Snyder is not finding a solution, he is imposing one. Hardly the same as working towards a solution with all parties who are stakeholders in the process.

    None of Snyder’s reforms address the fact that the state and nation treat kids as if education was a “one size fits all” proposition. You are a success if you do well on the ACT, and if you do not, you are a failure.

    What if you can draw anything you can see or imagine? What if you are an amazing singer or musician? What if you can fix anything that breaks on a car, computer or in your house? Well if you can’t score proficient on your ACT, you are still labeled as a failure along with your teacher.

    The only kids our education system fits are the kids who learn in a left-brain sequential manner and who learn best by sitting and listening. The right-brain creative thinkers who like to “do” things in order to learn are left by the wayside.

    Tenure reform, funding cuts and teacher bashing will not help the right brain kids to pass their ACT exam. We can either transform education to teach these kids in a manner that corresponds to how they learn or we can put up with the same percentage of kids passing their standardized tests.

    If farmers spent all their time measuring their corn instead of actually watering and fertilizing it they wouldn’t yield much of a crop. The same can be said for education reforms coming from Lansing.

    Since Jeb Bush came to visit us I guess we officially have entered the era of education reform in Michigan where the blind are leading the blind.

  2. ralph nichols says:

    Ms Cain is as adept at asking questions that provide illuminating , complete answers as any one I watch

  3. Gump says:

    Articles like this are an example of quick, helfupl answers.

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