Monumental Issues: Talking Education with Cheryl Oldham

September 27, 2016
Editor's note: This originally appeared on Above the Fold.
 
As fall returns, children return to school, making education top of mind.
 
For this installment of Monumental Issues we visit the Albert Einstein Memorial.
 
“Einstein’s work led to advancements in nuclear energy, space exploration, and applications of light,” says Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  “In other words, he was a pretty smart guy with a great education.”
 
Unfortunately “too many students in the U.S. aren’t receiving a great education,” Oldham notes. “Among 34 industrialized countries, the U.S. ranks 17th in reading, 21st in science, and 26th in math.”
 
We must do better.
 
Improving our schools “means demanding high standards, requiring accountability for academic achievement, and providing high-quality school option for all kids,” says Oldham.