The nation is facing “three looming crises,” former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise told Idaho's school technology task force this morning: Declining state revenues; mounting teacher shortages, including in specific subject areas; and a growing demand for an increasingly educated workforce. “At the same time we know we have to send more on to post-secondary, we have at least a 42 percent remediation rate going on in our community colleges,” he said. “These are students who didn't get what they needed the first time.”
Wise asked, “Is there somebody to blame?” whether it's unions, parents, teachers, government, or anyone else. “I would suggest to you that there are a lot of people trying very, very hard,” he said. Showing a slide of a cell phone from 10 years ago vs. an up-to-date smart phone, Wise said we're using different and better tools now. “That's what can happen in the classroom,” he said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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