INNOVATION IN EDUCATION
New York State already spends more money on K through 12 education than every other state, save one. The results? Somewhere between the 31st and 33rd in reading and math among the 50 states. The Hudson Valley, with some of the highest real property taxes in the country, cannot afford to keep throwing more money at education when it’s not working.
As Einstein said, to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result is the definition of insanity. We need to change the way we educate our children so that more than 50% do not enter our community colleges needing remediation in basic English and math and so that more than one-third are considered prepared for a career. We need to change the way we think about the outcomes of education to ensure that we have the best workforce we can for the changing world we live in. We need to innovate to modernize an educational system that is still based on an agrarian era. The time for change is now.
Pattern wants to create, similar to its successful Center for Housing Solutions, a Center for New Models in Education. We have shown that we know how to focus on an issue and change the way people think about it through research and advocacy. There is no similar organization that focuses on the needs of our children’s education regionally. Once meeting its funding goal of $300,000, the Center will launch a research agenda to measure existing school opportunity in the Hudson Valley and to examine how public investment in the region’s 122 school districts can lead to better results.