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I believe that some positive reforms, economic and bureaucratic roadblocks will make it impossible for President-Elect Obama to accomplish several of his proposals. The federal and state bureaucratic processes are so tangled that only if the federal level releases the control to the states can efforts go further.
The problem is in some states the federal control is necessary like Mississippi. I live in a local control state (PA) that does not need the federal control, it needs a state revision of it's bureaucratic tangles.
Each state needs a major summit to move forward to the 21 century skills and use of technologies to be competitive. In four years schools will not be a place but a site on web 2.0 with a life long commitment to learning.
Based on my experience, in non-for-profits, public education and state departments, the revisions can be pushed by the use of integrated technologies at pre-k-20 grades. Use of the Internet (Web 2.0), laptops and phones are the catalyst for change in instruction. Learning is not about standards but about the concepts of knowledge: problem solving (NO ONE SUBJECT OWNS IT or ANY OTHERS). Look at how Australia has designed their learning of content with the strands of concepts woven through ALL areas: arts, math, social studies, languages, sciences, health and physical education, world languages and others.