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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Why is this Young Woman Crying?

(My Caption to photo: Obama explains educational vision of the administration to new graduate. The realization of unfunded and federal debt overwhelms her). Add your own caption in the comments.

Increasingly there is dissension about the constitutionality of the Common Core standards, the lack of research, and its funding. Here is an opinion piece from Politico about the standards and the author opens with the lines from a song:

“Won’t you share a common disaster?/Share with me a common disaster/A common disaster"

--Cowboy Junkies, "A Common Disaster"

The author explains the educational disaster in a concise manner:

In short: voluntary out; coercion in. Federal control up; local control down.

I would edit that last sentence to read: "Federal control complete; local control eradicated".

Be sure to read the readers' comments. The majority of the commentors are concerned about the waste of taxpayer money, political correctness being taught in schools vs academics, the power of the teacher unions, and the control of the Department of Education.

Do taxpayers want a "fundamental transformation" of the education system (such as the abolishment of Federal control) vs "school choice"? Do you think Americans are realizing school "choice" in a flawed system is really no choice at all? Are taxpayers, thinktanks and educational organizations realizing the fundamental transformation of education couched in federal control, based on untested methodology and crony capitalism, will not reform education, wastes money and is unconstitutional?

Are we at the tipping point in education? Can we make all American schools "common"? Should public education be common? If we are common, then how can we be a leader in the global community, a stated goal of this administration?

Does any of this make sense? The only aspect that makes sense is the President making someone cry.

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