GREENWICH, Conn. — The Retired Men's Association of Greenwich invites the public to its meeting May 4 at First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place, Greenwich.
Dr. Ernest Fleishman will speak about “The Most Important Actions to Make Our Nation’s Educational System More Competitive”
In recent months, the RMA has heard from the president of Norwalk Community College, the principal of Western Junior High School and the headmaster of Greenwich High School. They have cogently discussed the challenges and opportunities of delivering an educational product to their students.
The upcoming speaker will address the overarching strategies and problems facing the American educational system. Given what resources we have, how do we optimize the product? Base teachers' salaries on their students' test results? More of the three R's? Core Curriculum? STEM? Begin the educational process earlier? Fund community colleges or trade schools for all?
Fleishman has been in education for several decades, as a superintendent of schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and in Greenwich — the latter from 1976 until 1989. He was a well-respected superintendent in town, with student test results steadily rising.
In 1989, he became the senior vice president of the Scholastic Corp.
His professional responsibilities have included running literacy institutes around the country for leaders of school systems that are trying to improve learning, often in large urban areas.