Is Obama Going to Sellout Education

Barrack Obama has a huge job ahead of him.  There’s no way to express in any language how huge that job is, and part of solving the problems we’ve been left with is to bring this country back together, to find common ground and build on it.

“But, Barrack Obama, please don’t do it through our children.”

Apparently, on the short list for Secretary of Education are Joel Klein and Arne Duncan, now running the New York and Chicago school systems.  I’ve not followed either of them (though I am somewhat impressed by the fact that Arne attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools), but apparently they have both seen test-prep style education reforms as the answer to failing schools.

For a rather irreverent expression of objection to these two candidates for Secretary of Education, read this piece (Obama’s “Way-to-Go, Brownie!” Moment?) from The Huffington Post.  Be warned that this is an out of the closet Liberal online journal.  I consider myself to be liberal, but I find the liberal voice to be as irritating as that issued from conservative media outlets.

Still, we do not need a politician or a lawyer running the department of education.  We desperately need an educator.  This country needs much more than to merely reform schooling.  It needs to retool the classroom, and no one can lead this cause who has never been a teacher.

Indications are that there is a struggle going on among the transition team, one school urging a “raise the standards and increase the rigor” approach, and the other faction advocating more fundamental changes.  The “rigor” rhetoric seems to be winning out.

I urge all educator bloggers to shout at the tops of your blog editors,

Don’t sellout education, Obama!

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.