This week, Nov. 13 through Nov. 19, 2011, is American Education Week. But, what exactly does that mean?
In a recent proclamation, President Obama addressed American Education Week, acknowledging the central role education plays in our society and resolving to make investments in our education system to secure a bright future for students and our Nation. The President went on to say, “…[I] do hereby proclaim November 13 through November 19, 2011, as American Education Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week by supporting their local schools through appropriate activities, events, and programs designed to help create opportunities for every school and student in America.
The National Education Association kicked off American Education Week with a celebration at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., where education leaders, staff and students discussed the importance of education and what needs to happen to ensure future success. Also, a twitter town hall meeting was called, where followers could use [hashtag] #AskArne to ask questions to Secretary Duncan, moderated by Education Journalist John Merrow.
Throughout the week, each day features a specialized event.Tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 17 is “Educator for a Day” day, allowing elected officials and community leaders to experience a day in the life of a school teacher. Nov. 17 is also the “Day of Action for the 99%,” where Occupy groups throughout the nation will address the nation’s issues, including the need for school modernization, the achievement gap and education-based jobs.