By Dave Forrester
We have been living with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind Act) since May 23, 2001 and now the Obama Administration is supporting Race to the Top to bring about education reform and improvement to our overall education system. I believe the Department of Education needs to reach out to more companies like Adobe Systems Incorporated to find innovative, creative and sustainable solutions to help all students to become successful. I think many of these educational reform policies have been focusing on only half the child, their left brains. I am tired of watching our education system repackage interventions through an academic scope. I hear we need great teachers by developing growth models and stronger evaluation systems, increase our academic standards, strengthen our math and science programs, develop better ways to test kids, and develop longitudinal data systems. I have been in education for about fifteen years now. I have worked in both a Career and Technical Center and a Comprehensive High School. There are millions of kids out there that don’t respond to their education system by only using half their brain. Adobe has created a toolset for teachers and students to help kids who like learning with the other half of their brain, the creative and intuitive side. I want to thank Adobe Systems Incorporated by developing tools, building professional learning communities, creating educational programs, and taking leadership by supporting all educators. I believe we need more electives for students in music, art, media productions, computer science, and photography. We should not be taking these away for more math and science. I think we need more Career and Technical Programs and CTE Teachers for kids. The Adobe Education Leadership Program has many of the best in the country and around the world. I believe we need to develop funding sources and education policies which build Career and Technical Education across the country. I think developing Media Productions, Commercial Graphic Design, and Web Development Programs as equal to developing STEM programs in middle and high school. I believe we should be working together (education and industry) to help support the whole child. Adobe Systems Incorporated and a group of CTE teachers and students can provide more solutions to close the achievement gap, curb the dropout problem and reduce emotional/mental health issues with students who are forced to use their left brain most of their time at school.