Yippee!! Politicians to the rescue!!!
Were you worried about the state of public education in America? Well, never fear. The New York Times reports that the politicians are here to save the day!
Yes, folks, it's another commission that has made some swell recommendations on fixing the system. This one is dubbed "The Commission on No Child Left Behind" and it even has a couple of governors on it. Oh boy! I don't know about you, but when I heard it had a couple of governors on it, I just couldn't wait to hear what they had to say. I mean who knows more about education than governors. A couple of times every year, they'll even stop into classrooms for fifteen minutes or even a half-hour so they can say something inspiring to the kids like, "Study hard and you will do well."
Okay, I don't want to keep you in suspense any longer. Here is the answer this enlightened commission has given to solve our educational problems in America:
No Child Left Behind, the federal education law, should be toughened to judge
teachers and principals by their students’ test scores, and to block chronically
ineffective educators from working in high-poverty schools.
As the two characters in those Guinness beer commercials would say: "Brilliant!" What a profound and original thought! When students don't do well, it's the teachers' and principals' fault. Why didn't anyone ever think of that before? When kids in those inner-city schools do poorly, it's because the teachers aren't trying hard enough. Of course!
And if you have any doubts about whether this commission has hit the nail right on the head, you can put those doubts aside. Teddy Kennedy has endorsed their proposals. That's right--Teddy Kennedy, himself! And who knows more about public schools than Teddy Kennedy? After all, he did attend some inner-city public school in Boston when he was growing up, didn't he?