So here I was fixing up a nice blog post about President Obama’s inauguration speech and education when I see a much more entertaining post on that subject has already been written.
Me? I perk up when I hear the president talk about education. After all it seems education is so infrequently the topic of the national dialogue. It’s all jobs, deficit, debt ceiling these days. I understand these are important issues and I’m not minimizing them. I’m just pointing out when national folks talk education it’s a good thing. It was so disheartening to see education play such a small role during the presidential campaign.
Anyway, as the president was talking about the need for science and math teachers apparently not everyone was a riveted as yours truly.
It was the mention of science and math teachers that caught my attention.
“No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.”
The President also of course touched on school safety.
“Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”
Both issues have had no shortage of attention here in the Roanoke area. School security has been discussed at length in recent weeks.
You’ll also recall Gov. Bob McDonnell has talked about the importance of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) teachers and has plans to offer incentives to attract those educators to Virginia’s middle and high schools. There’s also a new STEM academy in Roanoke County, which is one of 15 across the state, and talks of one in Botetourt County.
So, what did you think of the speech?