Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Obama Wants to Overhaul Education

Well, it's about time. The idiotic factory model of schools that are in place in America needed to be changed when the Studebaker went out of production. He plans a major overhaul of the country's education system "from the cradle up through a career."

"We have let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short and other nations outpace us," Obama said in an address to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "The time for finger-pointing is over. The time for holding ourselves accountable is here."

One can only imagine the uproar among the traditionalists, the ones in education who thwart change and innovation at every turn. He also pledged to boost federal support in the form of "Early Learning Challenge" grants to states that develop plans to strengthen early education programs. The GOP has traditionally been against early childhood education, preferring to spend money on prisons rather than early intervention.

He called for the promotion of educational "innovation and excellence" by renewing his campaign pledge to support charter schools. He called on states to lift caps on the number of allowable charter schools. Charter schools, publicly funded and publicly chartered can serve the needs of many children who do not fit the mold of the 'traditional' classroom. Church-sponsored charter schools as well as for-profit ones, however, have no place in a reformed educational system.

Let's see who will first complain about this plan. My hunch is that the GOP and the Federation of Teachers will be first out of the gate.

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