What's Next for Education Reform?
Jeb Bush on Florida's education reform, role of government
- Duration 6:31
- Date Jul 22, 2011
Jeb Bush on Florida's education reform, role of government
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About how great American -- as governor Jeb Bush championed many causes one that He threw himself behind in particular.
Was his passion for school choice.
-- School choice I think it is the most important thing.
My first year as governor we.
Created a voucher program based on failing schools and the net result is that we've empowered people who otherwise wouldn't have had power.
And we've made our public schools better because there's now a choice.
France -- seed was one of the students that benefited from the opportunity scholarship program bronze went to the archbishop -- high school.
If I didn't attend archbishop Curley I don't think that I would not that I -- -- -- because it put -- might not have been.
Is excited about it boy and is -- enthusiastic about making that next episode one it's it's called.
And He graduated.
In now is already graduated from Wagner College in New York he's majoring in sociology and happens to -- A defensive back in a special teams player for the small college.
I'd love to -- the government.
You notice that this -- He has been really good experience and -- I really don't think I would have been as successful as I am now if there was a for the program they implement.
And joining us now in the audience is France plus -- up frogs welcome to Hannity thanks for being here thank you very own.
-- -- let's talk a little -- He said He wanted to thank the governor.
That's interest in what what specifically happened.
With this program in this choice fed made such a big difference in the life.
The biggest difference was being allowed to go to school where learning was important.
And the student was important in -- exists.
Being in the classroom would -- in a classroom with teachers that wouldn't be able to help you one on one if you did have a problem that or an -- that she needed.
Cope with and that the classroom sizes were very informed because you know we world are able to learn.
And not have so many distractions.
Yes and Miley may be playing professional football here -- -- hopefully song.
Well good luck congratulations or -- Shawna is it BP's feet after his football career He wants -- -- teacher I've read that -- yes although the the point about choices and improves public schools the school that -- would have gone to was the lowest performing school in the state.
It had 8% of its students that great we're great global readers based on the statewide test.
Now that school has gotten significantly better because there were options available.
This one go up to a scholarship program has ruled unconstitutional what we've -- we've expanded choice programs.
Both public and private to the most ambitious in the in the country.
I never thought I'd read about a school cheating scandal.
Harper -- not like we did in Atlanta planning and it's not the students cheating it's the teachers in this help that happen elsewhere around the country.
The teaches -- -- cheating.
And helping the students passing them along.
Because they want to look better.
In other words covering up their failure perhaps.
I don't know you've -- governor -- to a world -- from.
-- well I just I would say that Frans said the right thing which was that.
Archbishop Curley was a student centered school was focused on the needs of the student and we have too many schools.
Inside of the thirteen thousand school districts and are in our country that are adults -- -- when they're focused on the economic interest of the adults focused on their advancement rather than whether students are learning.
So the accountability systems.
Having choice that brings competition and pressure on the systems important.
And Bob Wise and -- -- off to old dog former governors have been involved in an effort to try to advanced visual learning which is a key element of this as well.
To bring the 21 century into the classroom where kids can learn quicker and -- their own -- is set their own what -- and that's.
That to me is who is the -- is this fear that will change things you.
And governor wise is sort of like the tag team.
Al Gore as Al Gore is to global warming you guys -- -- -- -- I hate to make such a comparison but the governor -- That there is this PowerPoint presentation that -- that governor bush and I know you yourself for involved in.
And also this digital learning project.
Well -- governor bush called me about a year ago and -- can we work together on individual learning.
Absolutely because for for teachers for educators it's like a force multiplier is in the military.
It gives us all the chance to extend to all of our children and in students quality education -- I was struck -- once it's the state for instance just at random forty of 440 high schools and 88 certified physics teachers so how do we get the quality education that every student -- explained digital learning maybe some people that don't fully understand what would you governor bush was very much -- -- in Florida in implementing the Florida Virtual School system visual learning his.
-- online learning it's actually expanded now but it's the ability to bring from outside that.
Additional content material and quality teaching now having said that.
We believe I think governor -- I'd that the future is actually in blended learning -- that's where you're going to do you did you're learning inside a traditional school.
And it actually enables that teacher to -- perform even better also -- the teachers because you can do professional development.
And so it's got I think it's a wonderful combination of high tech and high teach and with that we get a lot more compelling student results much like.
We just heard here today.
That's exactly right and just as you can imagine students learning at their own pace in their own way using technology.
Right now we force teachers to do what they did in 1950 which is teaching the median in front of your boss in the seat and finish -- eighty days.
You're passed along if you even if you haven't mastered it -- held back even if you've mastered it halfway through that has to change if we're gonna accelerate the chance of us to be and I just look at my kids.
Over nine and when they want to learn how to play computer game and they wanna learn iPad.
And if I need a -- don't downloaded I go to my nine year old daughter I don't that I can't figure it out itself.
That's been one of the big differences and challenges -- -- -- -- of teachers are less technologically.
Comfortable so parents like any parents with kids -- you know we're at the age of two -- planes -- kids are playing with the stuff so.
So this to apply this is is an appropriate.
21 century solution to a real challenge we face -- -- thank you both for being with us and coming up -- -- -- --