4/10/2009

Fox News: Obama’s Education Policy Gets an ‘F’

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Teacher unions are ecstatic. It is only April and President Obama has already delivered most of their many wishes.

The “stimulus” package gave teachers large salary increases. And over the pleading of D.C.’s mayor and residents, Obama will phase out the voucher system for poor D.C. residents. Now public school teachers and administrators in the District of Columbia do not need to worry about trying to improve, as the competition was wiped out by the stroke of a pen.

Poor D.C. parents no longer have a chance to send their children to private schools such as the ones the Obamas send their own children to.

And it is a protectionism that has a real cost. A new U.S. Department of Education study released last Friday confirms what the parents and children in the program knew: children who had received vouchers since the spring of 2004 had learned the equivalent of 1.5 to 2 years more learning than those students who had stayed in public schools.

Furthermore, Obama’s budget blueprints passed by the House and Senate last week will increase the demand for unionized teachers by expanding the trend for more public schooling that was already in the “stimulus” package — with adding on pre-kindergarten classes as well as lengthening both the school day and the school year. . . . .

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2 Comments:

Blogger nathan118 said...

It's tough being a conservative in a teacher's union...but there are no salary increases where I live (so cal). Just new teachers wondering if they'll have a job next year.

4/11/2009 2:34 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

The Achilles heel of our Republican form of government is that elected folks are beholden to those that paid their tickets into the big dance. We see it with unholy alliance between the Democratic Party and the NEA and every other union. We see it when Sen.Chris Dodd defends the F-22 fighter program solely because they are built in his state. We see it with earmarks which empower officials to direct monies to their supporters in exchange for campaign contributions. Honest officials lose their seats to those that court the players with money in their districts. I think this is why kings and dictators have always maintained that government by the people, for the people and of the people is naive and even a pipe dream. The people have shown their economic and political ignorance too many times to count so -they maintain- the people must be led and not trusted to make decisions for themselves.

4/12/2009 11:25 PM  

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