Mike Matsuda

A 21st Century Purpose for K-12 Education

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With so much talk and money thrown at school reform, we should heed the advice in Daniel Pink’s best selling book ,”Drive, the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.” According to Pink, “The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.” Think for a moment about what that means for teachers, for site principals, and for students.

California Needs a New Education Vision

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The iconic Helen Keller once famously stated, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” With respect to solving our education crisis, politicians and policy experts call for all sorts of accountability measures and rating metrics. But no one is asking the really big question, “What is our mission?

Update from The Orange County Closing the Latino Achievement Gap Committee

Over the last several months, the committee has focused on unintended consequences of federal and state accountability policies that rate schools on multiple choice/standardized tests heavily weighted toward Reading and Math. While useful in surfacing the disparities in performance of subgroups, alignment of practice to these high stakes metrics have too often narrowed the curriculum to what’s tested and, to the detriment of Long term English Learners and others, have resulted in practices which do not prepare them for the next level of college and/or career readiness.

Race to the Top-Buyers Beware

While our local districts are comprised of well intentioned, highly educated and reflective leaders who are doing their best to find resources to fill the budget shortfall, we are perplexed that some districts (60% state-wide) agreed to submit a “Memorandum Of Understanding” with the Governor’s Office to participate in California’s application for the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) competitive grant program.

Patriotism from the School Cafeteria

My son, Ethan, attends Raymond Elementary in Fullerton and last night was “Movie Night.” It was raining very hard and I told him that there probably wouldn’t be anyone coming, but to my surprise and his delight, the cafeteria was packed. Kindergartners were huddled with their parents in sleeping bags and the big kids sat…

What if the University of California shut down?

What would happen if the entire University of California shut down? There would be 262,845 students without a college to attend. That’s a quarter of a million students who no longer have the grasp of higher education within their reach. This number represents the amount of actual students that may be turned down by California…