According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2009 the United States ranked 14th among member nations for literacy, 15th in mathematics and 17th in science. In 2012, according to the U.S. Census, Idaho ranked 50th in the nation for per-student spending. While some argue that more money does not a better education system make, many are concerned for Idaho's—and the nation's—educational future.
Education reform is one of today's hot-button topics, and the Blue Review will lead a discussion on the issue Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Boise State Center on Main, 1020 W. Main St. starting at 6 p.m.
The 3 R's, Disrupted will examine contemporary schooling in America, from iPads in kindergarten to massive online open courses for high school students. Boise State University professors Chris Blanchard and Tad Conner will join BW's own News Editor George Prentice, who leads the panel, and the public will explore how the education system is adapting, the dreams and concerns of parents and how education will be funded to ensure students are prepared to face the future.
Following the discussion, celebrate the publication of the second issue of the Blue Review with a special release party next door at The Crux. The party will rage until consensus has been reached, problems have been solved and America ranks first in reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic.
Check out the new edition of Blue Review inserted in this issue of Boise Weekly.