Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Current Condition of Our Education

“The passing references to children and students feel largely like rhetorical flourishes in the partisan and ideological fights among adults.” Yesterday, Gene R. Carter, CEO and executive director of ASCD, made this bold statement on the current condition of our education system in the United States. Evident in the title, “We Need a Different National Conversation,” Carter exposed disappointing facts about the decline in the education system that will likely remain if the conversation about education does not change. He said, “Our poorest children routinely don’t get the help they need inside or outside the classroom. Their teachers are the least well prepared; their schools are the least funded; and the community services they need are largely lacking.”

“We talk about the importance of teachers, but we are in the midst of firing tens of thousands of them. We want teachers to be more effective, but we rarely provide the professional development they need or encourage their desire to be the best they can be.”

Carter fearlessly called on Congress to support a whole-child approach to education, to support quality schools and effective teachers, to broaden the definition of academic excellence, and to embrace college- and career readiness standards that include all core academic subjects, not only reading and math.

Read the full article and learn more here.


  1. Gene r. Carter “Non for Profit CEO Makes close to $1M per year”

    GENE R. CARTER, the Executive Director and CEO of ASCD (Formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Annual Salary has been between $700,000 and $800,000 (double the salary of the USA President, and equals the total of the dues of 17,346 ASCD basic Members of the association), and of course this doesn't include the hidden benefits that allow him to spend most of his time touring the world most exotic places”

    TO VRIFY THIS INFORMATION; access the ASCD 990 Forms at, pay close attention to the Executives’ Salaries and Travel Perks:

  2. True Educator,

    Thank you for the perspective you contributed to the blog! It is always enlightening to learn more about the people and subjects in the articles we read. Thanks again!