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Today in important questions that'll only be asked by people dismissed as liberal pundits

by: Eric B.

Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 14:00:00 PM EDT


Teh Demas joins the pile on after this week's series about charter schools and asks this question:

The question now is: Do Snyder, Republicans and the ed reform crowd care enough about kids to admit they made mistakes in their zeal to overhaul public education?

Let me answer: No.

I've spent all morning listening to the soundtracks of various films about Vietnam. Vietnam was our Asian quagmire long before Iraq, and it's "light at the end of the tunnel" was later shortened into what today we refer to as Friedman Units. The approach to policy was the same and is the same, and is related to the notion that conservatism cannot fail you but that you can fail conservatism. The policy approach is, rather than admitting the mistake and fixing it, to simply apply it harder. This is why there is still considerable debate taking place on whether to expand the other prong of failed education policy in the EAA.

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Presidential Proclamation -- National Charter Schools Week, 2013 (0.00 / 0)
NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS WEEK, 2013

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

America's success in the 21st century depends on what we do today to reignite the true engine of our economic growth: a thriving middle class. Achieving that vision means making sure our education system provides ladders of opportunity for our sons and daughters. We need to equip all our students with the education and skills that put them on the path to good jobs and a bright future -- no matter where they live or what school they attend.

Charter schools play an important role in meeting that obligation. These learning laboratories give educators the chance to try new models and methods that can encourage excellence in the classroom and prepare more of our children for college and careers. In return for this flexibility, we should expect high standards and accountability, and make tough decisions to close charter schools that are underperforming and not improving. But where charter schools demonstrate success and exceed expectations, we should share what they learn with other public schools and replicate those that produce dramatic results. Many charter schools choose to locate in communities with few high-quality educational options, making them an important partner in widening the circle of opportunity for students who need it most.

Our children are ready to write the next great chapter in the American story. As parents and teachers and citizens, it is up to all of us to provide them the tools they need to keep our country moving forward -- from a degree that leads to a good job to the critical thinking skills that make our democracy thrive. This week, we recognize charter schools that are advancing those goals, and we recommit to helping our Nation's children go as far as their talents will take them.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 5 through May 11, 2013, as National Charter Schools Week. I commend our Nation's charter schools, teachers, and administrators, and I call on States and communities to support charter schools and the students they serve.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-...

America either revives its industrial base or it dies. There is no future for people in a post industrial America.  



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