Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Obama on Education Reform

David Freddosso at National Review Online looks at Obama's claim of being an education reformer against his strong ties to the Chicago Teachers Union in his article, 'They Wanted More School'.
"Obama has acquired an undeserved reputation for reform in education because he offers very mild rhetoric about a merit-pay program for teachers. Even here, though, he takes all of the teeth out of the idea by promising his allies that the measure of "merit" will not be determined by objective student achievement - "arbitrary tests" - but by some yet-undiscovered measure to be chosen by teachers' unions. It is the rough equivalent of President Bush developing a plan for oil prices in conjunction with Saudi sheiks or Exxon executives...

In The Audacity of Hope, he writes of CTU and the other unions whom he counts as allies: "I owe those unions. When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away. I don't consider this corrupting in any way...

Like the other special interests who have invested in Obama, the CTU knows
he can be trusted never to seek real reform. He is a reliable partner who does not rock the boat."
The Chicago Teachers Union does not appear to be a fan of home education, even when the parent is using a public online charter school.

"There will be no P.E., art and music," said Chicago Teachers Union president Marilyn Stewart.

The Chicago Teachers Union says children need the classroom.

"You can't sit a child in front of a computer and expect him to learn things he needs to succeed in society," Stewart said.

Obama's candidacy soared on mantra of change, but there won't be much of that if Obama believes he "owes" the unions.

Freddosso's column is one of my favorites at NRO and this article definitely makes me want to read his book, The Case Against Barack Obama.

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