President Obama, the man figuratively chosen to lead the Democrat party, and literally chosen to lead the United States of America, wants to maintain the status quo of education in this country and, if anything, bolster the same system that is currently failing out children in record numbers in inner cities and poor neighborhoods across this country.
In a system which currently fails black children, hispanic children and other minorities not by giving them failing grades but by failing to actually educate them in a meaningful way, the President says we must not “shortchange” the children by addressing the real causes of failure in our schools.
Responding to the GOP proposals for cutting the budget and reigning in the rampant and run-away spending that is currently costing our great grandchildren their fiscal futures, President Obama shows a shocking lack of willingness to deal with reality, either economically or educationally:
“Even as we focus on speeding up our economic recovery, we also know that when it comes to jobs, opportunity, and prosperity in the 21st century, nothing is more important than the quality of your education,” the president said in his weekly address on the radio and the Internet.
If Republicans controlled Congress, the U.S. would have a harder time offering children the best education because “they’d have us cut education by 20 percent,” Obama said.
The president said “tough” choices need to be made to reduce the federal budget deficit, “but what I’m not prepared to do is shortchange our children’s education.” (Bloomberg and The Associated Press)
When education bureaucrats get 6-figure salaries while teachers have a hard time getting the supplies they need there is a real problem. And have you seen the list of stuff parents have to buy for their children before and during the school year? (This from a New York charter school or this from an Austin, TX public school.)
When the Los Angeles school district broke through the morass of union and bureaucratic opposition and attempted to stop the evil practice of “social promotion” they found one thing they couldn’t get around: over half of the children would have to be held back due to poor grades. The administrators were not willing to make this necessary and truly meaningful policy change, and so the Los Angeles school district continued failing our children.
School districts, the US education system, and teachers and their unions have been primarily and overwhelmingly Democrat for the last 40 years. The blame for these and many other failures have been the Democrats being beholden to special interests besides the parents and our children, and being enslaved to an ideology of social revolution based on an assumption of the inherent goodness of mankind and the inherent badness of any social system more advanced than a tribe.
It is time to break and hold of Democrats on the education system of the United States. It is time to force the bureaucracy to starve itself and go away and allow the proven successful reforms of local education control, merit pay and easy firing of failing teachers, school choice and competition between public and private schools.
Inner city school children are being overwhelmingly condemned to a life of poverty because they are being failed by an education system whose policies and people have been shaped and controlled by liberals and Democrats.
Enough is enough. You cannot have hope for the future if your future has been sold for political power.
- Politicians condemn poor children to educational malnutrition (mysanantonio.com)
- How to fix our schools: A manifesto by education leaders (washingtonpost.com)
- Joel Shatzky: Educating for Democracy: Waiting for Superman or Waiting for Godot? (huffingtonpost.com)
- MURDOCH: If Schools Were Run Like ‘Idol’ … (foxnews.com)
- Reason TV: Obama flunks education reform (hotair.com)
- Leader of Black Alliance Blasts President Obama on School Choice in Full Page New York Times Ad (prweb.com)
- Charles Krauthammer: Democrats fail effectiveness test (commercialappeal.com)
- Instead of governing, Democrats send in the clowns (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Go Forward, Not Back: Democrats’ “Blame Bush” Message Driving Voters to GOP, Says Greenberg Poll (elections.firedoglake.com)
- Democrats on Fail (dakotavoice.com)