Robert Bennett, chief executive officer for Franklin National Institute, recently participated in a meeting of the Education Commission of the States' Business Partnership in Denver.
Bennett was appointed by Gov. Norm Bangerter to represent Utah in the partnership, which is pursuing change in America's schools. Bennett also was chairman of the Utah commission that developed the Shift in Focus, a document intended to guide significant changes in Utah's educational system.Participants from 11 states to the Denver conference agreed it is time to stop talking about problems in education and take steps to resolve them. They committed to taking aggressive action toward helping schools improve learning, communication and thinking skills and increase participation by students in post-secondary educational opportunities.
Business and industry must become involved to address the need for more job-oriented experience for students, participants concluded. Education now does not contribute adequately to the development of a work force that meets needs.
The commission was formed in 1965 to help governors, state legislators, state education officials and others develop educational policy. It has offices in Denver and Washington D.C.