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Romney is Right on Education

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 25, 2012 3:01 AM |

Regular readers of this blog know how passionate I am about quality secondary education.

I detest those in our educational system who practice an agenda that does not put the interests of our children first, second, last, and always. Regrettably, results all too often show that our children suffer at the hands of pathetic people and process.

Call me harsh. I do not much care. Secondary education is clearly one of the most important issues in our nation, and it is all about one group and none other — our children. Or at least it should be. 

For this very reason, I was thrilled to see the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney make a bold statement on this issue. Romney released this white paper, A Chance for Every Child, in which he states:

Giving students trapped in bad schools a genuine alternative requires four things: (1) such alternatives must exist, (2) parents must receive clear information about the performance of their current school and of the alternatives, (3) students must be allowed to move to a new school, and (4) students must bring funding with them.

To be fair, I have sung the praises of President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for their “Race to the Top” initiative.

While having praised Obama on one hand, I have also denigrated him for pandering to the teachers unions on the other. In the process, Obama has shown himself to be like so many others in his party who have sold their soul and cast their lot with a crowd which has prioritized their own self-interests over those of our children. Playing politics with our children’s education is no way to run a country or prepare for the future. But that is the reality we have currently and have had for FAR TOO LONG.

THIS MUST CHANGE within our nation if we want future generations and our nation as a whole to have brighter days ahead.

Romney is right. Increased school choice in the form of charters and student vouchers must occur. Who really wants it? The parents of inner city children who are suffocating in school systems that have had their vitality sucked out of them as resources and funding are sopped up by the union.

I am not so blind as to think that ALL our problems in secondary education revolve around teachers unions BUT I think that is a VERY good place to start.

Remember, secondary education is ABOUT THE KIDS!!

For those interested in this topic, I welcome sharing the following:

Sense on Cents/Education, Charter Schools

Comments, questions, constructive criticism encouraged and appreciated.

Larry Doyle

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  • fred

    LD,

    I don’t disagree with either you or Mitt but why do we tolerate bad schools to begin with? Let’s shut em down or clean em up.

    While we’re at it, lets take a long hard look at the curriculum. In order to have a chance of becoming productive members of society, everyone must learn and contribute something of value. Sadly, for many, the answer will not be found in english, math or the sciences.

    Again, realistically, for many we have to expand viable alternatives to making a living beyond sports, singing rap, selling drugs or attending college.

  • Peter S.

    Bush’s “No Child Left Behind,” (the dumbing down of America), is the reason our public school have fallen far beyond mediocrity. Our country, and the entire world for that matter, would be far better off if someone had left George W. behind!

    • mcra99

      Your comment is way off the mark!
      NCLB forced states to raise standards…some teachers who disliked the initiative cited the unrealistic goals placed on special needs kids others noted the ever rising expectations of NCLB for all students regardless of abilities and background. Before NCLB, many states had no metric or standards to gauge if students were learning other than what individual districts or states reported.

      Many teachers don’t like the pressure or accountability forced on them by NCLB. I know that when NCLB started – teachers were forced to tow the line!

  • David Alexander

    This voucher nonsense has been around far too long. Like supply side economics, another vampire philosophy that won’t die and that cannot be killed off. If so called vouchers are given out, gifted students with parents that care, high achieving students of first generation Americans still suck in inner cities, are encouraged to leave ” underperforming” schools; then it only stands to reason that these schools in question can only become worse. Then how has the situation improved?

    More Republican garbage. Why doesn’t Romney have the guts to say: ” I will do everything I can in any way to eviscreate anything remotely associated with a union, since none of them have ever supported me, or ever will.”.

    You should be ashamed for supporting such a transparent position. Saying “It’s all about the kids” in this case is equally as disingenuous as when the teachers unions say it when negotiating their latest contract.

    • LD

      David,

      The numbers do NOT lie. An urban graduation rate of 50%. Think it might be time to try something a little different?

      I do appreciate your passion. I think it merely needs to be redirected. I have no problem with unions per se. I have a LOT of issues with school systems that use children for their own agendas.

      The numbers do NOT lie.

    • Bob

      If so called vouchers are given out, gifted students with parents that care, high achieving students of first generation Americans still suck in inner cities, are encouraged to leave ” underperforming” schools; then it only stands to reason that these schools in question can only become worse. Then how has the situation improved?

      So, let me get this straight…you think that parents should sacrifice their children’s education – that one shot – for others who don’t care about learning or behaving? Spoken like a true liberal…always someone else but never themselves.






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