A Candid Conversation with Deputy Secretary Tony Miller, U.S. Department of Education
While touring the Great Wall of China with Tony Miller, Tim Throne and Dr. Skilling had an extraordinary occasion to discuss many of today’s national and global educational issues. They had an invigorating give-and-take banter that covered topics like Race to the Top and national core standards. While they didn’t always completely agree on strategies, they were in absolute agreement on our biggest challenge of preparing students for a global market, changing 24/7. On a national level, one of the central issues in education is how to create transformational change in our schools to ensure all students achieve new core standards, become proficient in a world language, and become more entrepreneurial. They discussed the absolute need for innovation to become a part of that change process. It was truly a remarkable opportunity for a meeting of the minds, taking place in what is sometimes labeled the eighth wonder of the world.