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Obama Wonks It Up in Education Speech

By Karl Vick
THORNTON, Colo. -- In his prepared speech on education, Barack Obama included a great deal to answer the charge that his campaign is long on soaring rhetoric and short on the earthbound specifics required to actually govern.

For more than 20 minutes, the Illinois Democrat laced the language of uplift and challenge with the acronyms of education and reform: GEAR UP and TRIO, a proposed Service Scholarship program to replace retiring teachers, a Teacher Residency Program to recruit them at mid-career from other professions, and the Career Ladder Initiative to reward teachers who mentor others.

In a snug auditorium packed with education professionals, the loudest cheers greeted his critique of President Bush's No Child Left Behind initiative, which Obama blasted for forcing teachers and students to spend most of the year preparing for a single, high-stakes standardized test without offering sufficient resources.

But in the end, the message from the stage really did seem to be that it's about one person making a difference.

It rose from the last question from the audience. A woman in the back began by observing that in America, the federal government has little to do with schools. States govern, and it's local communities that have produced the most successful innovations, such as charter schools and the Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts, known as MESA, where Obama was speaking after a 45 minute tour.

"So I'm wondering what the federal government's role is, and the role of the president is, in inspiring and cultivating those kinds of programs?" the woman asked. "I think leadership and vision" -- thought went unfinished -- "but when you actually get down to policy, what role would your office play in inspiring those kinds of successes?"

Obama backed into his answer, praising charter schools and suggesting the federal government encourage innovation both by the president's "bully pulpit" and by advertising "best practices" for schools to observe and emulate.

But, he went on, "this has always been a problem when it comes to education reform policies. There are always good schools in every state, in every school district and at every income level. You can go into every state and you can point to one school or five schools or ten schools that are doing a great job of educating their kids. The question we have to figure out is how do we scale up? How do we take the lessons of a great school like MESA, and have a hundred good schools like MESA?

"And there are a lot of ingredients to that, but probably the biggest challenge is making sure that we've got great educational leaders, both teachers and principals, in those schools and we've got to produce more and more of those.

"So all the stuff I was talking about in terms of scholarships and master teachers who are mentoring students and all that stuff, that's all designed to just create the human capital to populate all these schools all across the country and get them moving in new and exciting directions. That's going to be the most important challenge that we face in the next few years."

So perhaps it was no accident that the 8th grade class Obama looked in on during his tour of the school was practicing public speaking.

"I consider myself a procrastinator," said Anthony Ho, 13, in his presentation. "But I balance that out with being a perfectionist."

The candidate declared himself impressed, harkening to his own improvement over the course of the campaign.

"I needed 15 months and some coaching before I was able to perform as well as they did," he said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 28, 2008; 8:34 PM ET
 
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being an african american should not give obama a free pass to the White House - but the DNC seems to think it does. I'm getting out of the racist democratic party and joing the republican party.

Posted by: clinton for president | May 31, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

The issue I have with No Child Left Behind is that it does not resolve the problem....OK, so the kids don't get great test scores...so we will close the school, send the kids elsewhere (increasing class sizes and thus less one on one learning). We will also send these teachers elsewhere to other schools(if they are so unqualified to teach, moving them around isn't going to help either).

There are some success stories...I think one mother mentioned hers, but something people forget is that the teachers aren't the only part of the equation. Parents are a big part of it....getting the kids to do and understand their homework. Also the kids are the biggest part of the equation. Some kids just don't want to learn (this usually starts around 4th or 5th grade)We need to be able to minimize the indifference a lot of kids show, but we must understand why some kids don't like school at all.

1) particularly in inner city schools, there the children don't see much hope. Everyone they know is down and out. Their hopes for the future is not to get shot at. So we need to turn around the violence/job factor.

2) If a child fails 1 class, they just get moved up to the next grade, conversely, if they fail several classes, they take the whole grade over, including the stuff they did well on. So, if the child moves on to third grade, but doesn't understand second grade math, the problems compound. If the child his held back, and repeats even the classes they did well in, they lack the challenge of learning something new and get bored.

The answer is to have the classes stack, similar to colleges. So if the student does well in 4th grade reading, but fails fourth grade math, then they go to 5th grade reading and stay in 4th grade math.

3)Kids are smart. They don't see the relevance of learning something when they can look it up on the web. We need to explain to them why they need to know certain things. What it will be good for in their lifetime.

4)Change the curriculum. We need to figure out exactly where the emphasis needs to be in order to be able to spend more time on a given subject. For example, does it really matter (unless you are a historian) to know when Cortez sought out to explore the new world? No? Then why do we put the emphasis on the dates, rather than the historical significance of the adventures? Another example is reading. We put the emphasis on reading particular stories and emphasis the need to read as opposed to the comprehension of what is read. Stories like Tom Sawyer are nice, but the point of the book and the societal implications of it isn't usually discussed. There isn't a whole lot of follow up aside from the test questions about something trivial to make sure you read the book (E.G. what color was Tom Sawyer painting the fence when Huck Finn came up to him?)

5)Only have one standardized test per year. I know in Illinois, the kids take the federal test and then the state test. The teachers are left trying to teach to those tests, as opposed to opening up young minds. I suppose a standardized test is warranted, but just give the federal, the states can use that info to see how well their schools did compared to one another.

6)Don't lie to the kids about history or anything else. Tell them the truth. When we talk about Christopher Columbus, teach them the truth, that he never landed in North America, Tell them the significance of History. Don't just mention that we had a revolution and Paul Revere had a midnight ride, let them know that he was warning everyone that the enemy was coming. Clearly, the younger the minds, the harder it will be to grasp, and we must be careful about the language and phrasing it so their minds can process the info, but there is a big difference between not going into specifics and sugar coating what happened. Also, it would be good to start off the history classes in a different place each year, so we don't review the same stuff year after year after year, and never get to even WWII and all the modern era stuff that is effecting what is happening now.

Posted by: Chris | May 29, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

O'Bombi Wonka, and the Caca Factory!

Heeeere Kiddies...

Posted by: RAT-The | May 29, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

the founding fathers of this great land must be crying and very sad because, america has forgotten the fast and the very reason this country is founded.obama is kneeling to those who hate america and giving in to the terrorist demand.watch till he becomes president.he will be the champion of those who hate america...history proves it is not wise to put someone in position of power if built by the media...can you you hear the laugther of the terrorist ?

Posted by: allan baldemor | May 29, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting sick of Republicans and Democrats bash Welfare. Fifty years ago Welfare helped push down the unemployment and homeless rates by over 50%. What is this really about? A bias versus the African American Community.

I'm further sick of Christians who spout this nonsense, because ff you were true to your faith you would see welfare as a form of CHARITY. You know, the original meaning of the word that gives to people who have less, and not more?

Welfare is not a handout. It's a method for people who are on dire-straights and are out on their luck to get back on their feet and be successful again. Call what you think welfare what it really is: an excuse to use bombast language and outrage to deny help to what you perceive are ONLY African American beneficiaries.

Welfare is meant to help EVERYONE. Not just the black community. Do you consider the GI Bill after WWII that gave our servicemen and women the opportunity to go to school and afford housing in the suburbs a handout? It was no more a handout than welfare, yet all we hear from both camps is rhetoric about how we give hand-outs to single-parent women that use the system as an excuse rather than as an aid to their economic difficulties.

Until we stand up for our homeless and poor again, this country has a LONG way to go to re-realize the promise we've made and display oh so bold and brazenly on the Statue of Liberty.

Posted by: Voice of Reason | May 29, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Reading almost every post here, I am amazed that there is so much negative cr*p and so little knowlege. This one put me over the top:
"Interesting that No Child Left Behind, which was Ted Kennedy's pet project, gets laid at Bush's feet when it doesn't work. You know that if it was as success, the Democrats would be taking all the credit."

Posted by: Adam

Y'know, Adam, I don't think Ted Kennedy copyrighted the name "No Child Left Behind." It was a good idea until this administration took charge of it. Like so many things, such as ...hmmm, habeas corpus???

Obama taught consitutional law - he might know a thing or two. What do you teach, Adam? All you trolls should go read a book or two. Why not try Scott McClellen's new book? Or "The Audacity of Hop"? I mean, I would hate to see any of you feel POSITIVE about your government and feel like you could make our country more respected in the world community.
The Washington Post must be so proud of the crowd it attracts.

Posted by: crazyme | May 29, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Lon: It's That's.

Posted by: Patchen | May 29, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Ya. Obama has a plan for everything. It's easy talk.

His public service history is an empty bucket.
Will he 'magically' change in the white house and actually start accomplishing something? Probably not.

He sounds soooooooo engaged. Talk is cheap.
Use logic when assessing this candidate.

Would YOU chose (for yourself) a brain surgeon with no experience?

Posted by: cate | May 29, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"Thats like us believing the world is flat while everyone looks at us like a retarded child.

Posted by: Lon | May 29, 2008 4:49 PM"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA - THAT'S FUNNY STUFF! I LOVE IT!

Posted by: ANTHONY | May 29, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

jUST BECAUSE YOU SAY IT DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE - EDUCATION MY FRIENDS -

REPUBLICANS WERE NOT THE ONES WHO PUSHED FOR CIVIL RIGHTS


FACT:
The New Deal Coalition began to fracture as more Democratic leaders voiced support for civil rights, upsetting the party's traditional base of conservative Southern Democrats and ethnic Catholics in Northern cities. After Harry Truman's platform gave strong support to civil rights and anti-segregation laws during the 1948 Democratic National Convention, many Southern Democratic delegates decided to split from the Party and formed the "Dixiecrats," led by South Carolina governor Strom Thurmond (who, as a Senator, would later join the Republican Party). Over the next few years, many conservative Democrats in the "Solid South" drifted away from the party. On the other hand, African Americans, who had traditionally given strong support to the Republican Party since its inception as the "anti-slavery party," shifted to the Democratic Party due to its New Deal economic opportunities and support for civil rights--largely due to New Deal relief programs, patronage offers, and the advocacy of civil rights by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Although Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower carried half the South in 1952 and 1956, and Senator Barry Goldwater also carried five Southern states in 1964, Democrat Jimmy Carter carried all of the South except Virginia, and there was no long-term realignment until Ronald Reagan's sweeping victories in the South in 1980 and 1984.

The party's dramatic reversal on civil rights issues culminated when Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On doing so he commented, "We [the Democrats] have lost the South for a generation." Meanwhile, the Republicans, led again by Richard Nixon, were beginning to implement their Southern strategy, which aimed to resist federal encroachment on the states, while appealing to conservative and moderate white Southerners in the rapidly growing cities and suburbs of the South. Southern Democrats took notice of the fact that 1964 Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater had voted against the Civil Rights Act, and in the presidential election of 1964, Goldwater's only electoral victories outside his home state of Arizona were in the states of the Deep South.

JUST A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKE TO MAKE BLANKET STATEMENTS WITH NO REAL KNOWLEDGE OF AMERICA'S POLTICAL HISTORY

Posted by: aNTHONY | May 29, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I will vote for Obama. For one reason alone. He has a logical thought process. Our president doesnt need to be able recite foreign policy. He doesnt need to know off the top of his head, stats and figures.

A leader, needs a solid logical thought process. He has a thousand aids and specialist who have the information. They feed the info to him. He then proceeds through it logically and comes to a conclusion.

Whom do I have more in common with? Whom knows the average american better? A guy that grew up in kansas with a single mom. Had to work his way through college. Or a guy that married into a lot of money, owns 8 houses, and calls everyone but himself an elitist?

I will go with Obama on this one. Not for his policy. Not for what he has done so far. Because he is a logical thinker.

The first comment was right. He doesnt have prepared answers. He thinks about the question. Then responds.

Hell, McSame cant even get his facts straight. Give me one example where Obama has lied. Just one.

Something compared to Hillary's sniper fire. Or McCain's "walk through" peacefull Iraq.

Posted by: Lon | May 29, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"The Republicans have done the most good for this country, like their push for civil rights and overturning slavery.

The Democrats have done the most wrong like setting up welfare and allowing a crappy government to raise and support people rather than family.

Posted by: SC | May 29, 2008 3:44 PM"

In a November 2006 Gallup Poll approximately 59 percent of Americans identified themselves as either Republicans or Democrats.

That means that 41% of Americans are not a democrat or republican. This makes US the majority. Yes 59% fall under dem or repub but when you separate the two, Independents make up the majority in the United States. So all this bickering about what dems and repubs do for america is nonsense. It's time to realize that not all of america falls neatly into your blended ideologies and that what makes America run are Americans not political parties so stop all this high and mighty talk!

By the way do you know that when the Democrat and Republican party was started that it was the "Democratic-Republican Party" which opposed the Federalist party in charge at the time.

There have been an equal number of Dems and Repubs in charge, when something major has happened for the good in this country, just as there have been an equal number when soemthing bad has happened. Just so happens that the last 8 years is ALL ON THE REPUBLICANS!

Posted by: Anthony | May 29, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama if President, will allow the government to spend more and more ridiculous amounts of money on stupid programs that do nothing and will further send this country into the ground.

The Republicans have done the most good for this country, like their push for civil rights and overturning slavery.

The Democrats have done the most wrong like setting up welfare and allowing a crappy government to raise and support people rather than family.

Are you kidding me with that statement?

I will give you that the republicans freed the slaves. Ok, so that covers hundreds of years ago. What have they done lately? What have they done in the last 50 years worth mentioning? I am neither Dem or Repub, but to say one is better is amazingly retarded. Can you honestly say that the republicans arent responsible for the current state of affairs? Gas through the roof. Trillions of dollars spent on an unjust war. Forget the war, its debatable. Lets go on fact. In the last 30 years, 20 have been republican. What have we accomplished since the cold war ended? First on the moon, nothing since. Increasingly we are viewed as the backwards country in the world. We are the only civilized country. I will say that again. The only civilized country that does not think that evolution is correct. Thats like us believing the world is flat while everyone looks at us like a retarded child.

Posted by: Lon | May 29, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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I'm sorry, but someone wrote on here that obama stumbles his way into answers thinking before each word. Well besides the fact that thinking before you answer is probably something our current president should consider, the fact that obama"stumbles" into answers shows me that he is using his brain and thinking and does not just have his answer prepared, as Hillary does. Notice when Hillary answers she has the first part down pat but then when the question requires her to go off script she beats around the bush and says nothing. Mopst questions in the debates are useless, pointless questions that have nothing to do with the office of the presidency. it's all about ratings and shock factor.

The president of the United States' job is to inspire americans to engage and put forth a plan that CONGRESS - you know, the ones who decide the laws and policies, can work together on to bring our country forward, all the while ensuring that the constitution is being upheld - for which he TAUGHT Constitutional Law. To call him an empty suit just shows your ignorance and ability to repeat what you heard on a 30-sec snipit on TV or read on one of Hillary's blogs. And your inability to actually educate and learn soemthing on your own. If you want to know his policies, read them! The MSM only shows parts of his speeches in their 30-sec snipits so they choose the parts that are exciting not the boring policy talk, or else you would all call him a square who is too boring and wimpy to be president as you did with Al Gore in 2000 - oh how quick we are to forget.

We as Americans need to stop focusing on these stupid ridiculous distractions that are put in place to get ignorant people all riled up when NONE of it has anything to do with what makes a good president!

Remember when Bush got elected because people said "he's the kind of guy I could have a beer with"!??? What a joke, and look where that thinking got us.

Obama is breaking from the mold and the establishment is pushing back hard. Their mistake? Using politics and rhetoric from the 20th century and in case you haven't realized it, we're not in the 20th century anymore!

For anyone to claim either the dems or the repubs do ANYTHING for this country further shows your ignorance. Politicians do what is best for politicians plain and simple. I find it funny how someone invoked repubs ending slavery - yet they bash progressives and liberals...was there a more liberal progressive act that could come to mind - hypocrats! What you deem liberal. every other country in this world sees as conservative, but that info requires reading so you probably didn't know that, but I bet you know who the 3rd last person knocked off American Idol was 3 years ago!

For those who invoke Obama's middle name of Hussein - who the hell cares what his middle name is? He didn't pick it. It was his father's, who left him when he was two, to be raised by his WHITE grandmother and WHITE mother in rural WHITE KANSAS!!!

The ignorance and racism is crystal clear in those who try to use his middle name against him. SO WHAT! You tell me exactly what invoking his middle name means. How is it at all relevant? My middle name is salvatore yet I have no connection to my Italian family, in fact you cannot get more Italian than my whole name and I've never been to Italy nor do I speak Italian or have any connection, besides loving pasta, to the Italian world. But I guess since my name is Italian, I'm automatically linked to the mafia huh? Just like someone wearing a pin shows their patriotism more than them running for the highest office in our country. You are cafeteria christians and fly-by-night patriots who think material objects represent your patriotism. And bash someone who doesn't wear their pin while you sit on your couch made in India and watch your TV made in China!

You people make me sick!

Posted by: Anthony | May 29, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Interesting title for an article on education...what exactly does one do when one "wonks"...thought it was a noun.

Posted by: seumas | May 29, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama as commander in chief! God help us! This guy is half P.T. Barnum and half Pied Piper. Hook him to a wind turbine and let him use his hot air to generate something useful.

Posted by: mingqi53 | May 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help."

That's about all you need to know about this guy...

More big-ticket, useless government. Education starts at home. Parents are the key. Make your children responsible for their grades and you'll actually see them succeed and improve their lives. The reward is their success, not an extra hour of TV on Tuesday, or a Wii for their Birthday.

Typical Democrats. Toss more government at it.

Worked real good for the welfare system, hasn't it? You'll never learn...

Posted by: Mark | May 29, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I am a teacher. I certainly hope Mr. Obama doesn't plan on eliminating all present teachers. Obviously, some teachers are lazy; some have given up hope. But most teachers struggle with the day-to-day issues of administrative ignorance and incompetence. Our salaries are low and our encouragement is close to non-existent. Administrators--not necessarily the principals--but administrators who never step into our schools, especially our classrooms, dictate policy and funds. The top paying jobs are the administrators. It is the teachers, however, who work 12 hour days, counsel students, call parents, plan new activities, and even bake cookies for the classes. The administrators earn (?) twice as much as me, with no more education, less experience, and definitely little knowledge of how a teen ticks. Perhaps if administrators answered to a committee of teachers (who weren't brainwashed or afraid of job security)the funds for education would not go for administrators' yachts. Perhaps there would actually be enough money to adequately host a meeting at one's school.

Posted by: Karen | May 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama if President, will allow the government to spend more and more ridiculous amounts of money on stupid programs that do nothing and will further send this country into the ground.

The Republicans have done the most good for this country, like their push for civil rights and overturning slavery.

The Democrats have done the most wrong like setting up welfare and allowing a crappy government to raise and support people rather than family.

Posted by: SC | May 29, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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"I have always been impressed with the passion and commitment that he has talked about his Education plan on the stump and noted Hillary has over time adopted many of his ideas into her plan. I have NO clue if John McCain even has an education plan all he can talk about is war and taxes.

Posted by: Shannon | May 28, 2008 8:56 PM "

Please Shannon, he rarely goes into detail about much and you certainly can't believe that Hillary has taken HIS education ideas??? Please, just revert your mind to the debates where Hillary did get most of the questions first where she gave ALL the details and then Obama followed up with "I agree with all she said..." but when asked to answer first stumbled his way through many of the questions while he appeared to have to think before each word. Sorry but that shows me Obama may have a plan that someone prepared for him, but it certainly isn't "his" plan when you can't speak about it without referring to notes or looking as if you need to think before each sentence.

Posted by: justmyvoice | May 29, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

We need core educational aims that are in sync with the nation's principles set forth in the nation's Creed, the Declaration of Independence. The principle, ALL MEN, which constitute EACH HUMAN BABY, are created equal has not been sign off on by too many high profile people such as the information experts in CNN'S Situation Room. Lou Dobbs and some associates are uncommitted to the nation's principle idea, but yet deem themselves to be the most patriotic because he, Lou Dobbs, occasionally, wear the flag pen.

As the Creed becomes the standard to live by, all of our institutions: the home, the church and the schools will shift to a higher quality of life.

Posted by: Maia Ajanaku-Locke | May 29, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

i dont know what its like in the other 49 states, but here in Ohio our public schools are funded by property taxes alone-that means upscale, wealthy communities that have and pay higher property taxes have more money to spend on their school systems, teachers pay, labs, etc..while the majority of populations live in cities which go from dirt poor communities to so-so wealth and get a dirt poor education so avg education...THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED

Posted by: JoshtheVET | May 29, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

There is a direct correlation between stable families and children who succeed in school. You can't expect a poor kid with no father in the picture and an overworked or drug-addled mother to perform at the same level, on average, as a kid with two attentive and affluent parents. Innovative and intelligent principals and teachers are great, but government policy geared toward insuring the social and economic stability of families at every level of American society provides the greatest hope of improving public education in this country. Short of that, education policy mostly consists of gimmicks like testing regimes, school choice, and school uniform requirements.

Posted by: AC | May 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

The answer that Obama should have given is that he will encourage national rich content standards and some way of assessing them and then let the states and locals figure out how they want to meet the standards. He should talk about the wonderful Core Knowledge curriculum and how it takes time to accumulate background knowledge needed for the problem solving and critical thinking that all the educators want to find short cuts to and cannot seem to understand that knowledge is necessary for these skills and that it is their jobs to impart that knowledge.

He needs to learn about constructivism, how pervasive it is among the educational establishment and the damage it has done and is doing in our schools.

He also needs to talk with Marc Tucker about his ideas for complete overhaul of our educational system. And how to increase not just accountability but the productivity of our system.

Posted by: Tricia | May 29, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse


Two words: SCHOOL CHOICE!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I think that the plan is a good one that has a legit chance of working. This is as much as the federal government can do to help the education systems in the different states. If his plan works, it will then be up to the individual states to take this and run with it. I'm from Missouri where the St.louis and Kansas City school districts are horrible because of the problems he intends to fix with this plan, but also they are horrible because the people on the school board are not educated enough to run the schools. In states like Missouri the state legislatures have to step their involvment up and either put major pressure on these school boards to do their job; or completely take these schools over and do what is necessary. HIs plan is great, but the states have to do their part as well

Posted by: dean | May 29, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The government's role in education can be to encourage new ideas, ensure that they get tried, and help to find funding for the best ones.

We have a strongly entrepreneurial society (or used to before the Bush big corporation government began to crush anything small) and should use this resource to build up education.

I personally have spent the last ten years in doing innovation in education. Just yesterday, the College Board gave out its first certification to an online AP Chemistry curriculum, and my online science labs made it possible. Last year, no online AP Chemistry curricula were certified.

Posted by: Harry, Los Angeles, CA | May 29, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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My son went to a no child left behind alternative school, meaning his home school failed so he had to go to a different school. Personally I am grateful for it.

The home prices in our predominately black area are about 185,000 to 500,000 dollars and all of our area middle schools failed in this area except 1. We were beat out by some Title I schools. The one Afrcan American vice principal running a no child left behind annex school, which was dissolved after the students went through their three year cycle who was absolutely brilliant, intelligent, sent test schools thrigh the roof ( I spoke to him personally and he told me that every child either met the standard or exceeded the standard in his annex, with a majority of black children) and actually did not "lie" was sent to the richest wealthiest high school in the Rich White Neighborhood as VP. This school had 17 International Bacaluareates last year. We are wondering why he was not sent to our black neighborhood as Principal.

In any event the annexx no child left behind school had several charateristics the other school did not 1. it was clean and it was relatively safe (imagine the "other school" graffiti on the bathroom wall,the cafeteria littered with plastic plants and the principal at the meeting when she attempted to explain why her school failed explaining it in front of a dias with a plastic plant draped across the dias, then imagine the other administrators having a variety of speech impediments including not able to speak non-standard English, finally imagine that the school decides to serve refreshments and puts tiny bags of Lays Potatoe Chips on the table with bottles of water in a bowl; this ia not your imagination this is for real, this is my reality, this is why I am grateful for no child left behind)

The no child left behind school went over and above board to make sure my son learned. I am amazed at the gains my son made and he was not taught rote thinking as some lazy sorry educators will argue. He was taught math formulas he now momorizes, next year he has the choice of taking a foreign language, art, music, chorus, or business education as an elective. He will be taking German becuase he's interested in International Business and hopefully will attend the feeder High school that offers an International Bacalaureate Program. As a parent who cares I am grateful for the no child left behind program. I am grateful for many of the changes that have been made since I've been a student. High achievers or high test scorers which I was are no longer sent to the alley and ignored, now every student must reach a goal and be accountable. I don't think that people understand that people have high test scores because they do things like read a book, and work out math problems. Black People in the early part of the 20th century met the standards and achieved high test scores. I don't see why they can't do that now. I say this because I am black. Furthermore America can not afford to ignore standards anymore. In case some people have not noticed the world is trouncing us in every aspect. Poor people in Appalachia can not be told that they don't have to meet the standards they must be told that they have to meet the standards, otherwise they will be relegated to the underclass and when they recieve their pity diplomaa it will be of no value. The underclass will be relegated to the fringes of society jobless, homeless, directionless. George Bush had a clue. Obama needs to get a clue. Students need to meet the standards and learn how to compete with the world.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Having a hard time today even finding a story on Clinton. She is already becoming irrelevant. Next week after the last primary and nothing left to run for or any reason to campaign or draw a crowd. She will be gone from the scene all together. She is left just talking to herself.

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Clinton has taken Kentucky and Obama is right there in Oregon.
The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates - as CNN points out clearly

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/20/primary.wrap/index.html

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It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

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Posted by: feeba | May 29, 2008 8:17 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that No Child Left Behind, which was Ted Kennedy's pet project, gets laid at Bush's feet when it doesn't work. You know that if it was as success, the Democrats would be taking all the credit.

Posted by: Adam | May 29, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama's plan seems to have two planks:

1) End "no child left behind" which should be called "no child taught to think".

2) Start new programs that will bring qualified new people into the teaching professions.

These seem like great ideas to me. After the disaster that "no child left behind" has been, I don't think anyone should trust the Republican Party on education.

Posted by: Obamacan | May 29, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

obama hasn't an original thought in his pretty little head.
he really, really should stop stealing his ideas and claiming them as his own.

but then again, that's what how he passed
"his" legislation.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Clinton has taken Kentucky and Obama is right there in Oregon.
The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates - as CNN points out clearly

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/20/primary.wrap/index.html

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to LobbyDelegates.com and push them to support Clinton or Obama

If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at http://www.lobbydelegates.com

Obama Supporters:

Sending a note to current Obama supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Clinton supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Obama, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Obama. It's that easy...

Clinton Supporters too .... !

It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

Sending a note to current Clinton supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Obama supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Clinton, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Clinton. It's that easy...

Posted by: feeba | May 29, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Obama: a spineless, brainless, clueless, and incompetent candiddate

Posted by: PragmatismRules | May 29, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Cough-Cough!

Hack-HACK!

FUNDING!

Cough-Cough!

Hey!

Nice "Empty Suit"!

Soros Buy it for You? ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

As a home school mom I am excited about any candidate that shows a willingness to address any a system that is failing our young children.

According to most articals I've read, John Maccain wouldn't be my pick as any type of intellectual!

As a retired USAF vet, I want more options for my son than carrying a gun for oil.

The military is an option to serve your country. It shouldn't be the ONLY option!

Posted by: kelly | May 29, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Go get 'em Obama! The only thing that seems to be coming out of McCain's mouth is Iran, Iraq, and everything foreign policy-military needed.

Obama is starting to cover the gambit in direct states from foreign policy, to energy policy and now education policy.

Obama in 08!

Posted by: AJ | May 28, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Are we supposed to be impressed?

Posted by: jaylo | May 28, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama should come to Long Island, New York to see how the "great educational leaders" have padded there own pensions and double dipping in the school budgets. The taxpayers of Long Island can't afford any more of these "great educational leaders". Yea, Obama's a wonk OK!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 28, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The depth of each one of Obama's plans is incredible and well thought out. He hasn't had the opportunity in the primary to expand on each one to this degree and is most likely why he is having very targeted, by initiation only events to reach these specific segments and obtain feedback. I have always been impressed with the passion and commitment that he has talked about his Education plan on the stump and noted Hillary has over time adopted many of his ideas into her plan. I have NO clue if John McCain even has an education plan all he can talk about is war and taxes.

Posted by: Shannon | May 28, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Ohhhh, The Federal Government played a very key role in the wholesale destruction of Schools!

But, Obasama, Billary and McAmnesty won't talk about it!

See, FIRST, there was the Federal Requirement for States to pay to educate Children of Legally residing foreigner's RELATIVES from across borders, THEN the Illegal's Kids, THEN with Bill Clinton's INSANE EO 13166, BI-LINGUAL EDUCATION AND SERVICES!

Heckuva Job Feds!

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 28, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

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