The State of the Union… a 500-word rundown, in case you missed it.

by Annie

 “We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. The rules have changed”

 The rundown:  Lets prepare for a more technologically driven world. It’s a good thing. Its time to embrace technology. It’s time for people to learn new software, new tools, and new technologies that make our world more efficient and interesting.


“We are home to the world’s best colleges and universities, where more students come to study than any other place on Earth.”  

The rundown: We need to make sure they are accommodated and valued for what they will contribute to our nation and community.


As Robert Kennedy told us, “The future is not a gift. It is an achievement.”” 

The rundown: We need to prepare, invest, and be ready.


“The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.What we can do – what America does better than anyone – is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.”

The rundown: “Innovation” the buzzword, I have been hearing a lot lately… “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi … Do whatever it takes; be innovative, creative, and selfless.


“The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations.”

The rundown: Maybe someone needs to fill in the school districts who adopt intense reading curriculum and programs. It’s time to give teachers permission to teach science once in a while. We need to do something. These reading programs and policies with the goal of getting 5 year olds to read at a third grade level don’t monopolize the school day. We need to make time for social skills, science inquiry, technology integration and quality math instruction. We need to get creative and support and train teachers on ways to be innovative and how to integrate mathematics, science and technology.


 “That responsibility begins not in our classrooms, but in our homes and communities.”

The rundown: How about report cards for parents?


 “Over the next ten years, with so many Baby Boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.”  

The rundown: Are we prepared to allow these “new teachers” to apply their skills and expertise in the classroom? Do the majority of American classrooms currently have the materials, technology, and resources to teach quality math and science lessons?


“If you want to make a difference in the life of a child – become a teacher.”  

The rundown: Yes! I couldn’t agree more.


“Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation. Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.”  

The rundown. We really need to think about this and figure it out… Like President Obama said, it makes no sense.


The State of the Union Address 2011

The rundown: Ok… we have a lot of work to do. It’s time to step up. Lets make some changes.



Annie Diaz

Annie Diaz

Buckeye, Arizona

I teach fourth grade in the greater west valley of Phoenix. I am not one of those who have known since I was a little girl that I wanted to be a teacher. My parents aren’t in education so I couldn’t follow their footsteps. I don’t even remember many teachers from my childhood. Who inspired me to choose this profession? Well… I have two boys whom I love more than anything in the world. They are students in the 21st century.

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