May 1, 2013

Local school principal learns in China



As I spend the next week exploring the workings of Hebei Xinji Senior Middle School, I hope to gain specific ideas on how to improve the educational process in our small corner of the world.

Every educator knows that public education is under fire in New York state and around the country. Taxpayers rightfully expect that teachers and administrators are preparing their children to compete in the global marketplace. 

It is true that American education needs to take significant steps toward making our students “college and career ready.” 

To use an old phrase, it is time to think globally and act locally — that is why I have come to China.

Stephen Gratto is High School principal at Northeastern Clinton Central School in Champlain.



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