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October 6, 2011

2011 Roundtable at Stanford: How do we fix America's schools?

"Education Nation 2.0: Redefining K-12 Education in America, Before It Redefines Us" is the topic of the 2011 Roundtable at Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 22. Moderated by PBS' Charlie Rose, the panel will include Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, Netflix founder Reed Hastings, educational innovator Salman Khan and other educational thought leaders.

By Melinda Sacks

America's schools are in trouble. Twenty-five percent of American kids drop out of high school. And those who graduate often are ill prepared for college or a 21st-century job.

But potential solutions are polarizing. Is the problem money? School administrators? Teachers unions? Parents? There is plenty of blame to go around, yet all agree the problem must be addressed.

Designing an education system that truly builds the skills necessary for today's enormously diverse student population to thrive is not easy. But it is the key to opportunity for our citizens, our nation's economic vitality and America's position as a world leader.

"Education Nation 2.0: Redefining K-12 Education in America, Before It Redefines Us" is the topic of the 2011 Roundtable at Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Maples Pavilion. Moderated by PBS' Charlie Rose, the panel will include:

The Roundtable is free for students, staff and faculty with Stanford ID cards, as well as Reunion Homecoming participants with reunion nametags. Tickets for the general public are $10 and are available through the Stanford Ticket Office: (650) 725-2787. Parking is limited, so come early or use public transportation.

Melinda Sacks is director of media initiatives in the Office of Public Affairs.

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Melinda Sacks, Office of Public Affairs: (650) 521-1908, msacks@stanford.edu

Elaine Ray, Stanford News Service: (650) 723-7162, ray@stanford.edu

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