Monday, May 4, 2009

School Choice

Another Fine video from my friends at

We can prop up failing industries but can't support a program which actually fucking works. This pisses me off so much. I would like to see some asshole defend this despicable move by the Obama Administration. If my President really wants ideas that work for education, vouchers work. As Twain says facts are stubborn things.


From the Wall Street Journal Today:

See if you can follow this political syllogism. President Obama and his Education Secretary have repeatedly promised to support "what works," regardless of ideology. The teachers unions adamantly oppose school vouchers, whether or not they work. Ergo, Messrs. Obama and Duncan decide to end a D.C. school voucher program that works and force poor kids back into schools where Messrs. Obama and Duncan would never send their own children. What a disgrace.

Read the whole editorial here

1 comment:

  1. According to the Georgetown report, the program has been marginally successful in only very limited groups. Math scores have been virtually unaffected. Reading scores only saw improvement among girls who had been in the program for at least three years.

    It looks like those who were chosen to participate in their initial lotteries will be allowed to sunset the initiative through the end of their public school career. So, the fine young lady in that video has nothing to worry about personally.

    If the report were stronger, I'd be a lot more pissed off about this, but there are just too many unknowns to say this is a completely ideological issue and the Obama administration is acting LITERALLY at the behest of the teacher's unions lobby.

    There will be other litmus tests of the president's so-called pragmatic approach to school reform among other issues. More clear-cut than this one, hopefully.