Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:56 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Jeb Bush, Arne Duncan, and the Bipartisan Scourge of Education Reform
Several months ago Jeb Bush publicly praised President Obama for selecting Arne Duncan as education secretary.... Perhaps to return the favor, Duncan is now scheduled to deliver a keynote address at Bush’s fifth annual Excellence in Action Summit later this month (Nov) in Washington.
There’s no real surprise in the Jeb and Arne show. Duncan has spoken at earlier Bush summits. Obama himself stood on a stage with Bush — the architect of Florida’s damaging corporate-style education reforms, which have become a model around the country — and called him “a champion of education reform.” This while Wisconsin teachers were protesting for their collective bargaining rights last year. And I wrote a few days ago that Bush’s summit had also booked as a keynote speaker John Podesta, founder and chairman of the Center for American Progress, who was president Bill Clinton’s chief of staff and and co-chair of Obama’s 2008 presidential transition team.
There’s nothing wrong, of course, with Democrats giving speeches at Republican-led events. That’s not the problem. This is: the stubborn refusal of Democratic leaders who embrace the kind of school reform efforts linked to Bush to look at how those efforts actually work. In most cases, they don’t... The continued public embrace by Democrats of traditionally Republican corporate-style reforms blurs the important differences. And make no mistake, the Duncan Education Department has taken the standardized-testing obsession of No Child Left Behind to new heights. It proposed regulations that would rate colleges of education in part on how K-12 students being taught by their graduates perform on standardized tests...
Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats stay silent on the biggest problem facing public education — the fact that 22 percent of American children live in poverty, which doesn’t include those who live just above the official poverty line in families who can’t afford to meet their basic needs...
Any effort to make it sound as though Duncan succeeded in improving Chicago’s schools is an exercise in futility... as my colleague Nick Anderson wrote in this story back in 2009, gains in state test scores during Duncan’s tenure were discovered to have been inflated because Illinois had relaxed passing standards...
...a little less bipartisanship would be welcome when it comes to education policy.
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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:46 AM
DrDan (18,971 posts)
4. if its a good move for teachers, then also a good move for MBAs and the rest
rate the business schools that graduated the MBAs that took down our economy a few years back . . . and schools of engineering that graduated engineers involved with any structural collapse.
teachers have become the scapegoat for our floundering educational system - and Arne is part of the problem