Jeb Bush Visits Cornell Talks Education Reform
October 24, 2013
ITHACA -- (WENY) The younger brother of former President George W. Bush paid a visit to Cornell University. He came to talk about education.
Bush said, "a child enters Kindergarten, his mother is a single parent who might work minimum wage, or perhaps he is an inner city kid and is an immigrant learning English. What do we expect of him? Do we expect him to read by third grade. Do we expect him to learn fractions?"
He says he wants to radically transform how to educate kids at the earlier grades. He had six suggestions, first is to begin with early literacy.
"They can't read the assignments, they can't do the homework, they can't repair reports or pass the tests and because of that they're four times more likely to drop out," added Bush.
But what did Cornell Students grasp most about these idea'?
"There is such a wide range, some individuals are extremely well off educationally and others are just at the bottom, barely able to read I just found that so unfair it was ridiculous. We're in America we should have equality and equal chance," said Grace An, a sophomore at Cornell University.
Luis Filores, also a sophomore at Cornell said, "it was truly wonderful to see such different people of different backgrounds come together for the purpose of education."
Others had different points.
"We talk so much about common core and how we're setting standards and making sure everyone is doing the exact same thing. Everyone's on the same level of math and reading but no one ever talks about outside of the classroom, cause that's just as important," said Andrew Salamida a Junior at Cornell.
"Whether it's dance or whether it's football or lacrosse or whatever it is, it's just as important and those programs should be sponsored just as much."
They left with new perspectives on the future of education.
"I do hope that some of the proposals become implemented and that they do change America for the better," added Filores.
The panel also talked about preserving college affordability and preparing students for college.