Friday, July 29, 2011

A Note on Chamber Notes

Great piece by Margot Fosnes on education in her ‘Chamber Notes’ column in this week’s Robertson County Times.
Margot attended the Rural Education Summit (hosted by SCORE), recently and is sharing what she gleaned:
In the end, the most important thing I learned from the summit was that employers and educators must listen to each other to begin a collaborative effort that addresses the challenges that are before us. Federal standards, while important and necessary, must not stand in the way of preparing students for their futures. And in education, as in so many other areas, we are going to need to think regionally, ignoring the arbitrary boundaries of cities and counties, in order to have the resources necessary to provide our children with the education they deserve.
…Certainly a collaborative effort for Robertson County to consider.


  1. I think the second sentence in that quote from Margot is of tremendous importance. We get so caught up in "teaching to the test" and worrying about NCLB guidelines, that I fear we are turning out students who may be able to test better than ones who went before them, but are ill-equipped as problem solvers and thinkers. We need to concentrate more on getting them ready to face the world and the rest will fall into place.