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Perdue promotes plan for student prep

Posted January 13, 2010

— Gov. Beverly Perdue outlined a plan to better prepare North Carolina students for college and careers Wednesday morning at a combined meeting of the State Board of Education, University of North Carolina Board of Governors and State Board of Community Colleges in Kannapolis.

“Every kid – no matter where he or she lives in North Carolina – must graduate from high school with what it really takes to succeed in a career, in a two- or four-year college or technical training,” the governor said.

Perdue's plan, called "Ready, Set, Go," comprises three steps, focused on three significant milestones in a student's education.

The governor wants to increase the number of students who can read, write and do math by the end of third grade; increase the number of students who perform at or above grade level; and increase the number of students who take some college courses, either while still in high school or after graduation.

Perdue said education, business and religious leaders must all work together to improve the state's high school graduation rate and prepare students for college or a career.

Perdue told reporters she hopes federal stimulus money and reallocating some resources will help fund her initiative.


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  • whatusay Jan 13, 2010

    Typical democrat rhetoric...just tell people what they want to hear. And everyone knows there is no way to deliver on them.

  • james27613 Jan 13, 2010

    What about the free community college tuition she promised during her campaign.

    Not everyone is college material, some of us are just destined to be labor workers or enter the trades and earn an honest living.

    Many kids on campus today don't know the basics,
    just watch the Jay Walk with Jay Leno, these kids have no
    clue about most current events, basic science facts or math skills.

  • beachgal Jan 13, 2010

    Oh! Was there a story with her pic? Sorry. I figured it's the same ole hype so I didn't even bother reading it!

  • beachgal Jan 13, 2010

    New do, Bev? New specs? Looking better. Now if you could just change your affiliation.

  • annemarek Jan 13, 2010

    The most important is not education but common sense. Common sense tells you that all people are not interested in formal education. But it is important in being able to sell yourself in some form to make a living and survive. This also takes parental involvement and guidance by the parents. High school teaches subjects that are not practical for every child. For some, instead of regular high school subjects, trade school opportunities would be beneficial. Have trade school subjects available before a person gets to be college age. There is a need for plumbers, mechanics, and repair people. These jobs pay rather well and certainly beats working for McDonald’s or in places that pay the minimal salary for a grown person who needs to support themselves. McDonald’s is good for high school people who do not need to support themselves. This conversation is meant for people who are interested in education because interested people will get any education they desire. For those who are not

  • seeingthru Jan 13, 2010

    ypu can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink, most kids don't want to learn

  • smarterthanyou2 Jan 13, 2010

    The point is, we don't need any new programs from Bev. America got to where it was before all this incessant and obsessive attention to some of the most inane details. It also got to where it was by letting winners win and the losers fail. I hate to say it, but can't every Johnny and Sally be the star quarterback or the valedictorian. There is simply no need to tell Johnny to let someone else play QB or tell the Valedictorian to take a back seat to someone that isn't as fast or sharp. The PC culture is killing us.

  • smarterthanyou2 Jan 13, 2010

    Thanks for the link exteacher, you just proved my point. From your very own link:

    "What does the science say about the use of educational television, computers, and curricula with very young children?
    There are no credible scientific data to support the claim that specialized videos or particular music recordings have a positive, measurable impact on developing brain architecture in the first 2-3 years of life. The most important influence on brain development is what is known as the “serve and return” interaction with caring adults, as defined by back-and-forth interactions with attentive, nurturing humans. Although a varied array of experiences clearly stimulates learning in the preschool years, promotional statements about the superior brain-building impacts of expensive “educational” toys and videos for infants and toddlers have no scientific support."

    And since I can't bold, this, specifically:

    "as defined by back-and-forth interactions with attentive, nurturing human"

  • Plenty Coups Jan 13, 2010

    smarter than you- "Get this silliness out of here."... You disagree that the majority of learning isn't done at an early age? What scientific studies do you have to back up your claim? I'm sorry that the research doesn't back you up.

  • rolexricky Jan 13, 2010

    Keep raising the bar on the End of Grade test, and they will all remain in the 3rd grade.