Today marks the last day of NBC News’ three-day Education Nation Summit in New York City, which began on Sunday. The annual conference is part of a year-round initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education. This conference has brought together over 300 thought leaders in education, government, business, philanthropy, and media including parents, educators, and students.
So far, there have been conversations about the use of video games in the classroom, the new common core standards, and STEM learning. Speakers have included prominent CEOs and political figures such as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on how education impacts national security, and even President Obama, who addressed in his taped interview, shown at the conference, American students’ low performance in math, science, and reading, and the cost of college tuition. The president even admitted that he was a “mediocre student” before college and that he “goofed off” too much in school.