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January 27, 2011
Obama's Education Power Grab
After his power grab of the health care system, Obama has put his sights on a progressive approach to public education reform. During his SOTU, he spoke about training a new generation of teachers. This of course would be done in the name of helping children while setting up a structure "to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science and technology and engineering and math."
Perish the thought! The President is in the process of creating a top-down strategy to "prepare" (translated to mean indoctrinate) teachers to literally transform education as we know it, from an American system to a full-fledged corporatist regime where big business backs the socialist programs. No wonder Obama devoted 11 paragraphs in his SOTU to the topic of education.
Helping him to implement these goals are co-conspirators Michelle Rhee, former DC schools chancellor and founder of StudentsFirst.org, and Anita Dunn, former WH communications director. Rhee recently launched StudentsFirst with a goal of raising $1 billion to overhaul the way public schools recruit teachers. She hired Anita Dunn to do her PR.
In case you forgot what kind of leftist Anita Dunn is, here's a reminder from Real Clear Politics November 2009:
But White House zanies don't really disappear. They just take the nearest teaching job or start their own PR firms, and they definitely "keep in touch" with their old boss. Dunn may no longer be WH communications director, but she did an interview regarding the SOTU on CBS' "Washington Unplugged," on Tuesday, the day of the speech.
In his attempt to make school reform real to the 50 million television viewers, Obama painted the picture of an extremely troubled low performance school in Colorado.
Sounds great doesn't it? Well, it depends on which set of criteria you deem important. Of course, it's wonderful that kids who were once hopeless are now looking toward the future, but what's the tradeoff? The president didn't mention that the same school has a state program to pump the kids with contraceptives due to a high pregnancy rate there.
The administration's goals are to create a globally competitive education system, but it will be far more progressive than we have seen before. Oh, and you can forget morality and parental involvement; these only get in the way of "winning the future."
Read more Ann Kane at www.potterwilliamsreport.com
Thomas Lifson adds:
Michael Warren of the Weekly Standard points out that Randolph Middle School got an exemption from union rules, and fired most of its teachers.
Like Michelle Rhee, Randolph MS did a few things dear to conservatives, but pursued a goal that is not conservative.