Monday, September 27, 2010

Obama Speaks on Education Reform on Today Show

President Barack Obama was on the TODAY Show speaking live with Matt Lauer for 30 minutes this morning from 8:00 am EST to 8:30 am during a commercial free discussion on education at the White House.

The interview focused on questions submitted from viewers around the country-- parents, students, teachers and educators. It also touched on some of the topics brought up during Sunday night's town hall education meeting hosted by NBC's Brian Williams.

Obama noted the necessity of funding but noted the importance of reform + funding and stated that either one alone would not solve our educational problem.  He also noted that parents need to play an active role in their children's education as well.  The President also voiced a need for a longer school year for students. (Malcolm Gladwell's book "Outliers" makes a very compelling argument on the importance of this last point for students coming from low-income households). Video after the Jump.

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