From August 8 to 24, the eyes of the world will be on Beijing, China for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. For a little over two weeks, America will send its best athletes up against the best of world in sporting events ranging from archery and basketball to track and field and wrestling.
One person who will definitely be watching the Olympics closely is Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. While Wise will not be competing, he will be reporting “live from Beijing” on the 2008 Summer Olympics and asking viewers to consider the differences in the performance of America’s athletes compared to its middle and high school students in international competitions. These video updates will begin airing on the Alliance for Excellent Education’s website beginning August 5.
Wise will connect the athletic events in Beijing to various international education measures. He will not only cheer on the athletes who are competing against their peers from around the globe but will also emphasize the need for a national commitment to help America’s high school students acquire the skills they need to remain competitive in the global economy.