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Gov. Bob Wise featured on Bloomberg EDU, discusses Common Core State Standards and digital learning

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June 23, 2014 05:01 pm

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Last weekend, Alliance President Bob Wise appeared on Bloomberg EDU June 20 with host Jane Stoddard Williams to discuss the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), digital learning, and the state of the teacher profession in the United States.

Wise spoke of his piece in The Huffington Post about how inadequate state standards—and not money from Bill Gates—were the real driving force behind the CCSS, refuting the claims of a recent Washington Post article. He added that he is not surprised by political uproar that continues to surround the implementation of the CCSS, one that includes the recent statement by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to remove the standards from his state, but thinks the initiative will continue to move forward.

“I think at the end of the day as people look at the Common Core, look at what is sought to be accomplished and the improvements in student learning outcomes, I think that in five years people are going to say, ‘We all should be doing this,’” said Wise.

Recruiting the best possible teachers from teaching programs should be a priority for those in education, said Wise in reference to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) report which gave many of the teachers reviewed a D grade. Wise, who is also the chairman of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, said that teaching needs to be seen as a desirable profession so that quality instructors are the ones at head of the classroom.

In addition, Wise gave his views on the increased need for digital learning in America’s classrooms, stating that as technology needs to be as ubiquitous in education as it is in the rest of society.

“This is about not only teaching our children digital learning skills, but it’s also about giving that teacher the force multiplier of technology so that technology enables that teacher to do the best possible job,” said Wise.

Hear Wise’s appearance on Bloomberg EDU in its entirety by clicking on the embedded player below.

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