President Obama on Tuesday will call for education improvements that build on rather than replace President Bush’s No Child Left Behind education bill, pushing for better pay for good teachers and calling on states to develop more “rigorous” real-world standards and tests.
Mr. Obama will also call for expanding successful charter schools and will push schools to get better data tools so they can measure who’s doing well and who needs more help, two senior administration officials said in previewing a speech the president will deliver to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative conference.
It’s part of a new mantra the Obama administration has of “cradle to career” education.
The officials, speaking on condition they not be named as they previewed the speech, said Mr. Obama will lay out broad goals and initiatives and will leave much of the grunt work to states, which control education. Still, he will call for a bigger federal financial commitment to paying good teachers and will call for a central clearinghouse to spread best practices to districts nationwide.
It is so disturbing to see the old Kremlin idea of birth to death programming of a person’s function within the state be adopted so early in the educational agenda of the big BO. The “cradle to career” model of the old Soviet empire is a failed experiment that has no place in our public school system. We shouldn’t be worrying about what educational path that elementary school students are on; they should all be exposed to the same breadth of educational experiences. No one should be deciding early on whether a certain student is going to be college material or better destined to the trades or service industries. That should be the student and his family’s prerogative, not the federal government’s.