Thursday, November 10, 2005

Another reason I'm not having kids

Apparently everyone is amazed with the speed at which the No Child Left Behind program is destroying our already living-on-life-support public education system. Can someone explain to me how withholding money from poor performing schools is supposed to help them improve?

The answer, of course, is that it's not designed to help these kids out, but help private companies make money. From the Washington Post:

..."The Bush administration very much wants to encourage private [companies] to get involved in elementary and secondary public education," said Jack Jenning, director of the nonprofit Center on Education Policy, a Washington-based advocacy and research group. "They are finding any way they can to encourage federal money to be shifted to private companies . . . . Their whole bias is in favor of private companies and against school districts.


Blogger Herr Doktor P said...

the republicans in washington want to have their cake and eat it too, at least in the field of education. on the one hand, they pass all of these standards designed to dictate school performance, and on the other, you've got republicans calling for the president to axe the department of education. which is it? i think the old republican ideas of minimal interference and allowing states to do what they need to would be advisable here. who knows better how to fix the schools in kansas than the folks who live there? likewise, who the hell decided what the SOLs (standards of learning) are? the federal government now dictates universal educational standards?

Thu Nov 10, 06:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger Chico said...

Ah, bollocks! They don't give two shits about performance or the education of the children in those schools. It's just an easily justifiable way to send more government money to private business interests. The system is purposely designed to make those schools on the low end fail, by setting standards they know those schools can't reach without any mechanism to ensure that they eventually could. When they do, private business can come in to supposedly fix what the government can't, and make a quick buck. What sense does it make to take money away from schools that are struggling to provide a decent education for those kids?

And what the hell are you doing arguing states rights?? Bloody historians! That's a dead, red herring in today's world my friend.

The Republican agenda for the past few decades has been to slowly weaken the government to the point where they could "drown it in a bathtub". This is just another front where they can do that. All those damned socialist ideas about the right to education for all Americans. You can kill two birds with one stone here. You weaken the governments ability to work for the common good, and you make a quick buck in the process. What could be more American?

You do have a point on those SOL's. Just who in the hell decided what those are???"

Mon Nov 28, 07:37:00 AM PST  

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