NBC to Air Cross-Network Coverage of ‘Education Nation'
NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo to participate in week-long initiative
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/23/2011 12:50:39 PM
Throughout next week, Today will offer daily reports on education topics like picking a college and the middle school transition as well as interviews with Melinda Gates, Jennifer Garner and Laura Bush.
On Sunday Meet the Press will broadcast live from the Education Nation stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza featuring David Gregory interviewing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis will give updates on the 2011 Summit and report on the state of American schools for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
Williams will also host the Teacher Town Hall on Sept 25, airing live on MSNBC, which brings together teachers across the country to voice their priorities and brainstorm new ideas. MSNBC will have specials guests on its programs all week, like U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Morning Joe and Jansing & Co.
CNBC will feature special financial education segments throughout the week while The Suze Orman Show will address the need to educate America's youth about personal finance on Sept. 24. Telemundo will have a week of education programming kicked off by a special edition of public affairs show Enfoque hosted by Jose Diaz-Balart on Sept. 25.
Coverage extends to NBC's affiliate stations, which will contribute education reports in markets across the country, as well as online at MSNBC.com, EducationNation.com, theGrio.com, and iVillage.
I am watching Melinda Gates and Brian Williams. I am grateful for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's efforts to help in this very important issue for America. I have a suggestion: If other countries have better results educating their population, can we identify those factors that feed into those positive results? I know we have so many cultures in America that do not present the same learning environment other countries have to focus on because they are a more homogeneous population. However, anything we can change in american society to resolve learning impediments for all age groups? Are parents having to change their priorities and can they be a more important factor in teaching the next generation? Are employers responsible for the demands employees face and the adverse choices they must make in supporting their family's learning? It is a multi prong problem and I am convinced corporations and employers have failed in not focusing on family needs and just maximizing stock owner's and value to investors at the cost of a family's educational future. Why not allow allow time and resources for employees to spend time tutoring students? Funds for materials and books. Summer jobs for teens to learn discipline in a job environment. Society as a whole and not just teachers are responsible for a change in our education.
Juan and Olga Fernandez - 9/25/2011 1:31:32 PM EDT
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