In his acceptance speech, Sen. Barack Obama called for giving a world-class education to every student. How?
Iâ€™ll invest in early childhood education. Iâ€™ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries, and give them more support. And in exchange, Iâ€™ll ask for higher standards and more accountability.
I heard that “army of teachers” from another speaker. It must be talking point. I wonder how he’ll judge whether the new recruits will be good teachers (are the old teachers no good?), how they’ll be paid (merit pay? pay for needed skills? more for everyone?) and whether the standards and accountability will resemble No Child Left Behind. Then there’s the whole issue of whether Obama wants to continue the slow federalization of education or let states (and school districts) decide things such as how to hire and pay teachers and what standards to set.
I’ve heard that “world-class education” thing before, starting with the senior President Bush. It doesn’t seem to happen.
Obama got huge cheers when he called for parents to step up and make their kids do homework. But he didn’t say what the federal government should or could do when parents fail.