Outstanding commentary. The truth is we should get the Federal
government completely out of our states education system, As well as the
NEA. There is no way politicians in Washington DC can know what is best
for the residents of Utah.
I am certainly no fan of the feds, but my guess is that Alabama and Wisconsin
both feel they know what is best for their children as well, Bruce.Any suggestions for true reform?
Government CAN'T force education to work. If the people in the local community
are allowed the freedom and the consequences of their choices through their
local (not regional-in-size) school board regarding the standards, the students
will be better off than with top-down standards imposed by experts. This builds
the local patrons. They may not make perfect standards, but they will work to
support what they have chosen. They will get better over time. Ultimately more
districts and students will be better served this way than by imposing federal,
or even state standards.Just as 50 states in a federal system works
better in so many things than one national government, even though they are
different, so education will be better served without national heavy-handed
directives - despite, or rather because of, what Alabama chooses for herself.
One of the reasons America is great is because of the fact that we have 50
government laboratories, where different things are tried, and where the people
are trained in self-government.Jay, you are right on. The FIRST
thing that must be done is to get rid of NCLB and the federal imposition in