I wrote and posted the following last year (here). Nothing has changed. I just updated the year, the dates, the number of workshops and the link:
The Oregon School Boards Association has not gotten the message that the world is changing. Or they are in a denial stage. China’s economy will be twice as big as the US economy (with a military to match) in the prime years of the students they are educating today. That’s not on their agenda. Eighty percent of global economic growth in the decades ahead will be in emerging markets. That’s not on their agenda either. One wonders if they even think about the world they are educating our students for and how different it will be.
Why do I say this? Because the Oregon School Boards Association is holding its 63rd 64th annual convention November 12-15 11-14 in Portland, and, of the 58 62 workshops scheduled, not one is about the rise of China, the changing global economy, the need to invigorate foreign language programs (especially Mandarin), or the need to create a Go Global High School Study Abroad Program. They seem to be living in an educational echo chamber that does not let real life in. Just take a look at their schedule (here).
Now we have an US Ambassador to China saying we need to increase US students studying in China by a factor of 1000 (here). And we have national security analyst Tom Barnett saying in relation to the US-China relationship that the next two decades may be the most crucial in human history (here).
But we still have an Oregon School Board Association living in the past.