What Will Obama’s Education Legacy Be?

I would love to see Arne Duncan get taken down. He’s an education leech!

Diane Ravitch's blog

Stephanie Simon of Politico has an interesting analysis of President Obama’s education legacy. While some credit him for his contribution to increasing early childhood education, the likelihood is that his legacy will be a great fizzle because of his unquestioning allegiance to standardized testing. Many Republicans are thinking of restoring greater control to the states and gutting annual testing, but Arne Duncan considers annual testing to be non-negotiable.

Here is Peter Greene’s take on Duncan’s “vision” for NCLB: more of the same. The status quo. Not a whiff of innovative thinking. Greene asks why Duncan is recommending a rewrite of NCLB:

“Why is he doing it now, when he’s had his way for the past several years? The answer is obvious– if the GOP really rewrites ESEA, all of Duncan and Obama’s reformy work will be trashed. Duncan’s announcement is not a clarion call to change a single comma…

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

2 thoughts on “What Will Obama’s Education Legacy Be?”

  1. More importantly, in Delaware, what will Jack Markell’s education legacy be. What he pronounced in the tight 2008 primary race or what he is obviously intending to do and has done now. Demean existing public education, denigrate qualified, experienced and caring educators and administrators and ultimately replace them with hand-picked, uncaring non-educator theorists who shill for the corporate agenda. Ignore the realities of the poverty entrapped inner-city poor and their needs and instead make available every public taxpayer dollar, intended to help these children, to the RODELS, INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS, BOAs, VISION (whatever millennium) unqualified and untrained TFA (replacements for real teachers). Harangue and threaten honestly elected (not appointed) citizen volunteer school-boards (who actually have children in our public schools) to deliberately and unconstitutionally usurp their authority granted them by law and the ballot box. What legacy Jack, what legacy are you willing to be left with and through what prism do you wish to be viewed.

    Representative John Kowalko


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