New Education Secretary Offers Opportunity to Reimagine 21st Century Preparedness for Young People
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Following today’s announcement of Miguel Cardona as the Biden administration’s new Secretary of Education, World Savvy CEO Dana Mortenson released a statement praising the choice and calling on Cardona to seize this opportunity to reimagine our education system
December 22, 2020—Dana Mortenson, CEO of World Savvy, a national nonprofit creating inclusive and future-ready schools, released the following statement in response to the announcement of Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education for the Biden administration.
“We are excited for the opportunity to bring new leadership to The Department of Education, and Miguel Cardona is exactly the person for the job. The past four years have seen our culture fracture and our communities grow increasingly polarized; today’s students need an education system that prepares them for the future and the workforce of tomorrow by fostering inclusion, inquiry and understanding. The Department of Education must lead with this at the forefront.
As a teacher, Miguel Cardona will bring invaluable, firsthand experience to education policy development. We’re excited and hopeful that this experience will translate to opportunities to radically reimagine the education system and think boldly about what students really need to thrive in a world of rapid change and ambiguity.
The truth is that our children are learning in an outdated education system designed for the industrial era — a system that no longer meets the needs of our increasingly diverse, interconnected and complex world. The future is already here, and we need to make sure young people are ready for it. It’s time to invest in serious, long-term change for our schools.”
About World Savvy
World Savvy is a national nonprofit creating inclusive and future-ready schools where young people thrive by supporting educators, school administrators and community leaders to reimagine learning for the 21st century. Since 2002, we have supported nearly 730,000 middle and high school youth in 1,100 schools. By 2030, World Savvy will engage 10,000 schools to reach 5 million students — preparing a new generation of empathetic and engaged global citizens ready to address complex, real-world challenges. www.worldsavvy.org.