Advise the Advisor: Melody Barnes and Education

Ed. Note: The deadline for submissions for this edition of Advise the Advisor has been extended to Sunday, March 13 at 5 p.m. EST.


In the third edition of the Advise the Advisor program, Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council and one of President Obama’s senior advisors on education policy, is asking for feedback from parents, teachers and students on what’s working in communities and what needs to change.

Providing our nation’s students with a world-class education is a shared responsibility.  It’s going to take all of us – educators, parents, students, philanthropists, state and local leaders, and the federal government – working together to prepare today’s students for the jobs of the 21st century.

You can add your voice to the conversation by answering one or all of the following questions at

  • Parents: Responsibility for our children’s education and future begins in our homes and communities. What are some of the most effective ways you're taking responsibility at a personal and local level for your child’s education?
  • Teachers: President Obama has set a goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. How are you preparing your students for college and career? What’s working and what challenges do you face?
  • Students: In order to compete for the jobs of the 21st century, America’s students must be prepared with a strong background in reading, math and science along with the critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity needed to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce. How has your education prepared you for a career in the 21st century? What has worked and what challenges do you face?

We’ll be accepting submissions until 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 13. Next week, we’ll follow up with a summary what you had to say right here on the White House blog

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