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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Some People Think Football is a Matter of Life and Death....

Today's title is a partial quote from Bill Shankly, a Scottish footballer (1914-81). The quote in its entirety: "Some people think football is a matter of life and death...I can assure them it is much more serious than that". Why would we be writing about football on a educational website?

American Thinker has one of the best articles to appear about Race to the Top and the writer takes most of his points from a football playbook:


If you are having a difficult time to wrap your head around the educational "reform" Arne Duncan and company has in mind for American students, taxpayers, teachers and administrators, read this article. Robert Weissberg makes it easy to understand for those who love football. Readers can understand this is indeed serious business and it is time we force an interception to change the momentum of the game.

Missourians should read the article below and realize these Race to the Top goals apply to our state even though we didn't Race to the Top funding:


We have lost state control of our state educational decisions. Chris Nicastro, Commissioner of Education, made certain our state sovereign right was ceded to the Federal government. Missouri bought into federal control that has never produced measurable student achievement. The football analogies still work for us. Contact your legislators and demand they start utilizing a different educational playbook.

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