Teachers debate solutions on hot-button issues

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

 2012 Education Nation
Several NJEA members, including county and state teachers of the year, attended the MSNBC Teacher Town Hall to share their opinions about what works in education.
This weekend marked the kick-off to NBC’s third-annual Education Nation Summit, a three-day event packed with panelists, interviews, and town hall style meetings designed to discuss and debate the many trending topics in education today.  From analyzing the use of technology in the classroom, pushing for more early childhood literacy efforts,  and defining college preparedness and teacher recruitment to the more hot button topics of the role of unions in education, teacher evaluation, and the Common Core Standards, NBC tackled the topics most important to today’s education professionals.

Sunday’s Teacher Town Hall— a live, two-hour event attended by educators from across the country—was an interactive session between the panelists, audience members, and host Brian Williams of NBC’s Nightly News.  NJEA members from around the state, including both past and present state and county teachers of the year, were among those in the audience who roared when Williams announced that while only 12 percent of Americans currently give Congress a 12 percent positive approval rating,  over 71 percent of the public has trust and confidence in teachers. This statistic set the stage for a spirited exchange of ideas and opinions as attendees debated the many challenges educators and students face each and every day.

Missed the live broadcast?  Watch your colleagues take part in the discussion now.


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