American Education Week is November 16-20, but unless something changes, this past week should go down as one of the most consequential for public education in many years.
We will have, as president of our country, someone who believes in science and will apply science and the best advice of scientists and medical professionals to his every decision. Today’s news reported that Australia has basically no cases of coronavirus because they listened to the science, took the pandemic seriously, and acted accordingly. We could have done the same.
We will have a first lady who has been a teacher and educator for most of her life and continued to teach while her husband was vice president. She plans to continue teaching as first lady and will be a great advocate for teachers and public education.
We may still have a teacher representing the 2nd District in Congress. Rita Hart taught at Bennett and Calamus/Wheatland for 20 years. She would be a voice for teachers, students and public education in Washington, something that has been sorely missing.
We will have a new secretary of education in the cabinet, one who knows public education and the challenges facing teachers, administrators, school boards and students. How refreshing that will be.
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their administration will demonstrate the value of an education and serve as an example to every young person in this country.