Synthesis - Leadership V Followership - The America Moment

Dec 24, 2010, 12:01 ET from synthesis

SEATTLE, Dec. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was published on December 20, 2010, by Shafeen Charania, author of the synthesis blog, winner of the 2008 Weblog award for best new blog, and's 25 best blogs of 2009.

President Obama called the Education crisis our "Sputnik moment," in response to PISA scores that placed American students in the middle of the pack, well below the leaders in math, science and literacy. He implied that we should follow the leaders and try to catch up.

The President couldn't be more wrong; America is neither Finland nor Korea - the people, their aspirations, their very natures are different. We need an education system that is of the people, by the people, for the people - uniquely and bespokenly American.

America has never "succeeded" by being a follower. Instead of a Sputnik moment, this must be an "America moment" – the time where the rest of the world seeks to emulate us.

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