OK so I've succumbed to a bit of late-night-itis as a result of sleeping until noon today. I was reading an interesting article on Sarah Palin (and yes - this is a whole lot like not being able to ignore the traffic accident) by Katha Pollitt and found a very interesting blog entry by Laila Lalami.
She writes that perhaps maybe we should temper our enthusiasm for change because President Obama will only be able to do so much while in power, despite his incredible mandate.
I disagree with Laila. The audacity of hope is a powerful idea. Its time has come. While it won't be here in minutes, it comes through education. If Obama is able to do one thing that will be lasting, it would be to invest in building the best possible education system for this country. I will write more on this later, but I wanted Laila to know that change is possible.
Immediate change requires cataclysmic events combined with fear-driven leadership <-- can you say September 11, 2001 + President Cheney/Bush? But let's face it, the electorate finally got its head out of the sand and decided not to be driven by fear.
Sustained change on the other hand requires the opening of minds and the creation of hope. That's something President Obama can do. Make 21st Century Learning real - give our children the capacity to think, the imagination to create, and a global perspective to understand.