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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 08/ 6/2010

Shark Week in the education world

By Valerie Strauss

It’s grisly, scary and distorted. So is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, but I’m referring to the education policy debate.

A prime example: The ferocious assault on a “framework” for school reform released by a number of civil rights groups late last month, which offered an alternative to President Obama’s education policies.

Critics savaged not only the framework -- which, at its core, calls for equity in education resources, hardly an outlandish concept -- but the groups that wrote it, as if belittling already marginalized groups somehow qualifies as legitimate criticism.

Besides, when the Rev. Al Sharpton is held up as an authority on education reform, we know that this policy discussion has jumped the shark.

So, with that, I’m going to take something of a vacation, at least as much of a vacation as a compulsive blogger can take. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check every day on The Answer Sheet, because there will be great new material every day.

Thanks for reading.

Be right back.

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By Valerie Strauss  | August 6, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  Equity  | Tags:  Shark Week, al sharpton, civil rights framework, civil rights group, jump the shark, the answer sheet  
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Comments

Don't be gone too long....you are an important voice for good and right...I nominate you for a Pulitzer....

Posted by: jscott28 | August 6, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

which, at its core, calls for equity in education resources,
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The civil rights groups also called for safe schools.

The President called these groups resisters to change, and those that were satisfied with the status quo.

Surprised that he did not call the civil rights groups Republicans.

Posted by: bsallamack | August 6, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

bsall.: note that Mr. Obama is a very big fan of unions, and he still holds the views we know on education. He believes in safe schools and he believes, undeniably, in civil rights. He can still say, without contradiction, that the civil rights organizations, not their cause, are obstructing necessary changes in education. Finally, I hope you agree that you don't have to be a Republican to be an idiot.

Posted by: axolotl | August 6, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

bsall.: note that Mr. Obama is a very big fan of unions,
Posted by: axolotl
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You really need to start thinking.

If at a photo op at a baseball game is the politician eating a hot dog really a fan of hot dogs, or even a fan of baseball?

Many politicians are like dumb people that simply repeat things over and over again.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: bsallamack | August 6, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

You will be missed.

Posted by: educationlover54 | August 6, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"Critics savaged not only the framework"

I wish I knew who those critics are.

Posted by: educationlover54 | August 6, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

bsall. Oh, yes, I know, we want to let the inmates run the asylum -- if we only let administrators and teachers have their way, oh would a lovely world it would be. Kumbaya....
The people with the rights to push for and get the kinds of school reform we deserve are: the kids, their parents, other citizen-taxpayers, elected and appointed government officials with responsibilities for education, and, certainly, but not first, the teachers.

Posted by: axolotl | August 6, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"We want to let the inmates run the asylum."

If anyone wants to know why are school system is not what it should be, use this quote. Need we say more?

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | August 6, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Valerie, who will fill your void? Get some rest; I know you will keep current.


Posted by: lacy41 | August 6, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

bsall. Oh, yes, I know, we want to let the inmates run the asylum

Posted by: axolotl
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Imagine a mental hospital where the safety of other patients and the staff are a great concern and the head of the hospital ignores this problem.

Imagine in this mental hospital where nothing is done in regard to the patients that are prone to violence and/or the disruptive patients who hinder group therapy by doctors and the head of the hospital ignores this problems.

Anyone would judge that the head of the hospital is allowing "the inmates run the asylum".

Now imagine a head of school system that ignores safety in schools and allows disruptive students to remain in classrooms and prevent teachers from teaching and other students from learning.

Anyone would judge that the head of the school system is allowing the disruptive and the prone to violence run the schools.

Anyone would also judge that the head of the school system is ineffective and should be replaced.

Posted by: bsallamack | August 6, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

yo analogies are always lame, bsall., and what would you do with the disruptive? Jail them, give them their own schools, put them in a extravagant sped-like program?

Posted by: axolotl | August 9, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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