Tuesday, July 10, 2012
President Obama's Education Policy: What Education Reform Should Look Like
Very early on back in 2009 in the Obama Administration, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Concluded that the 2001-02 Bi Partisan Education Reform bill that President Bush pushed through Congress called No Child Left Behind, wasn't working and was in much need of reform or even be scrapped. And as part of the 2009 American Recovery Act, the President put in a provision called Race To The Top, which is the Obama Administration's version of NCLB. Which rewards certain School Districts and States for meeting certain Education Standards with new funding and deny them funds when they don't. Another words awarding good schools and punishing Low Performing schools. Progressives and Education Unions of course hate this approach and don't tend to believe in standards, especially if that means that bad teachers can end up getting fired over it. And to be honest and accurate Education Unions are in the business to protect teachers jobs, not to advance education. Schools are in the business of education and teachers should be as well, not doing whatever they can to protect their jobs, even if they aren't doing a good job.
Education Reform should be about three things, accountability across the board, schools, teachers and students. Rewarding good schools, teachers and students and reevaluating schools, teachers and students, what do Low Performing schools need to do to be better. Do these Low Performing teachers need to be retrained so they can do a good job or should they be fired. And for Low Performing students, instead of promoting them to the next grade, even if they aren't meeting the grades. Or should we get them more help so they can become better students and catchup with their class. The next thing that should be in Education Reform should be about competition, instead of forcing parents to send their kids to school based on where they live. Allow them to send their kids to the best school for them, thats called Public School Choice. The next thing that should be in Education Reform should be additional funding for schools in Low Income areas so they have the resources they need to be successful.
If you are interested in economics, you should be interested in Education Reform as well. Because without a good Education System, we aren't going to be able to remain a World Economic Power, because we aren't going to be able to produce enough quality American Workers to get the good jobs in the future. And be able to produce the things that we need to be able to produce ourselves to be an Economic Power, unless we want to continue to import workers from Asia that already have the skills. That American Workers should already have themselves.