Asking "what have you done for me and for students and for your community today?", AT&T President for South Carolina Pamela Lackey, said radical changes were needed for the state's public schools at the 17th annual Business Education Summit, which was held in North Charleston earlier this week, saying “we need to transform the system, not reform.”
She'll get no disagreement from the Blogland on this.
Pamela Lackey warned of likely resistance to change by those who were invested in the status quo, cautioning that "that too many schools and districts will view efforts to transform the education system as a threat instead of an opportunity."
Which helps explain the resistance faced by even modest proposals, such as charter schools, which have taken years to make relatively incremental progress.
Reformers such as Education Superintendent Mick Zais have run into the same roadblocks, but when a major executive who actually has to run a business and deal with the end results of our state's schools is saying something has to change in a radical manner, we'd like to think she's onto something - and we're sure many of our readers will agree.