This is why (click to read article) despite contributing to his campaign and voting proudly for Barack Obama, I have trouble sleeping at night in anticipation of his education policies.
The only times I’ve heard Obama speak about education, he has called for merit pay, increased accountability, praised D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee (check out this fine article about her) In other words, President-Elect Obama (unless I am proven wrong) believes the same BS that drove NCLB and many of the other bad ideas oppressing children and teachers.
Here is an idea for President-Elect Obama…
The $29,000 per year Sidwell Friends School is a fine learning environment and institution with a proud history of excellence. His daughters will be very happy there.
President and First Lady Obama should study everything done at Sidwell Friends School and copy it in every school across America. If it’s good enough for his daughters, it’s good enough for the children they are leaving behind.
Here is a most stunning principle of the school the Obama children and Biden grandchildren will be attending:
(from Wikipedia) The school does not rank its students, as this conflicts with the Quaker Testimony of Equality.
What? Not ranking students??? No winners or losers? No AYP? Where is the accountability in that?
Perhaps there are other ways of identifying educational accomplishment?
You wouldn’t think so if you listened to President-elect Obama speak about public education.
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is the author of Twenty Things to Do with a Computer – Forward 50, co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.
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Check out the point by point explanation of Obama’s Education Plan. Perhaps that will quell some of your fears.
This is what he says about NCLB:
“Obama and Biden will reform NCLB, which starts by funding the law. Obama and Biden believe teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests. They will improve the assessments used to track student progress to measure readiness for college and the workplace and improve student learning in a timely, individualized manner. Obama and Biden will also improve NCLB’s accountability system so that we are supporting schools that need improvement, rather than punishing them.“
I wish I shared your optimisim. I remain cautiously optimistic.
I agree 100%. The Obamas could send a strong message to middle class families that public schools are a great choice.
Sidwell doesn’t rank students against each other.
It does, however, use tests to measure teacher effectiveness.
Nice try at obfuscating the issue though.
Accountability is not a bad thing, if you are doing the right thing, which most of you clearly are not.
Accomplishment, educational and otherwise, means reaching a goal. Not removing it so teachers incompetence is hidden.
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