Forum focuses on innovation in education

Posted November 1, 2011

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— Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt were among several politicians participating in a forum on education reform at North Carolina State University Tuesday.

"Building a Culture of Innovation Through Education" was sponsored by SAS, N.C. State and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., spoke on the need for quality education for all children in the 21st century. Bush focused on how competition and innovation can lead to excellence in the classroom. 

Sir Ken Robinson, an author and leader in education innovation, discussed ways to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. He believes a broader curriculum and more personalized education can help. 

"It's all about encouragement and support and mentorship. It's not just about delivering state standards. It's about engaging the imagination and creativity of each student," Robinson said. 

State schools Superintendent June Atkinson said the state is in the process of remodeling its education system.  After attending the forum, she said it is important to help teachers become more effective and look at different ways to compensate them.

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The invitation-only event ended with a panel discussion on the role that universities and education play in fostering creativity and innovation. Hunt, N.C. State Chancellor Randolph Woodson and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp participated. WRAL-TV anchor David Crabtree moderated the discussion.

Business leaders attending the conference said they are concerned students and the unemployed are lacking the proper education and training.

“They have the wrong skills. This is a knowledge economy we’re working in and it always will be,” SAS Chief Executive Officer Jim Goodnight said.

Goodnight said improving the education system and making it more engaging is a top priority.

SAS software developer Scott McQuiggan believes the key to helping students is keeping them interested.

“I remember in algebra thinking, ‘How am I going to use this in the real world?’” he said. “Now, I use it every day. So, it’s making those connections.”


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  • flashsparks Nov 1, 2011

    Here's an innovation: ELIMINATE ALL TEACHER WORKDAYS.

    I mean, what is that anyway? What other profession has a day in which they don't do their main job? It's like the police having a Law Enforcement Day and refusing to catch criminals.

    Just shut up and teach our kids!

  • mep Nov 1, 2011

    [begin charging students based on a percentage of their parental income]What does a scheme like that have in common with free market concepts?
    Joe Schmoe

    THANK YOU... my mistake. I meant to write: Charge every student the same, offer vouchers (but not to cover the total cost) for the poor.

  • Joe Schmoe Nov 1, 2011

    [begin charging students based on a percentage of their parental income]What does a scheme like that have in common with free market concepts?

  • mep Nov 1, 2011

    Education reform... get the Federal govt OUT of it. Let them set the standards for a diploma and test for it But nothing more. Stop funding public schools by property taxation, and begin charging students based on a percentage of their parental income. Once ALL parents are forced to write out a check for their childrens education, parental involvement will increase and education standards WILL improve. Parents would NEVER pay even a small amount each month to send their kids to a failing school... then bad schools/teachers would cease to exist. Allowing a free market to set competition for students and hence school funding will help everyone. Instead, liberal Democrats continue to throw more and more tax dollars at a problem that is NOT getting much better.... just more expensive. We need choices beyond the forced public education option! Our children deserve better!

  • JAFOinWF Nov 1, 2011

    It is easy: vouchers. Duh!

  • tatermommy52 Nov 1, 2011

    So where has NC education been ranked under the Democrats?

  • bigal02282 Nov 1, 2011

    The only innovation going on in NC is how the Republicants will manage to totally disassemble the educational system and replace it with some form of Private Corporate machine. As long as a school is private, the students don't have to be taught "facts" or "truth". They can be taught whatever the flavor of the day happens to be in Republicant Land. Republicants believe in the KISS theory "Keep Em Scared & Stupid" and they'll ALWAYS be a registered Republicant.

  • smegma Nov 1, 2011

    bush and hunt. no further reading necessary.