Obama is expected to go slow on education

With economic recovery as his priority, Obama may “tinker” with education in his first year, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Obama says he supports NCLB, but not in what form.  He may let Congress take the lead in working out a consensus on reauthorization.

A man named as a possible secretary of education criticized Obama’s call for alternatives to standardized testing.

Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City schools, expressed skepticism about using alternative testing. “If you water down accountability, if success or failure depends on the eye of the beholder, you run the risk of letting down kids,” he said.

The American Federation of Teachers isn’t pushing for quick action on education. “We have to focus on the economy first,” said Randi Weingarten, the union’s president.

Education Week has more on Obama’s education plans.

By the way, after Barack and Michelle Obama toured the White House, she visited Georgetown Day School and Sidwell Friends, both elite private schools.

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  1. Luckily for those who aren’t for real changes in education, one of the side effects of fewer people getting a good education is the growing inability among our population to recognize a good education. So Obama’s tinkering might seem more significant to many than it is. Also, for those students who get a high quality education, they will face less competition for good colleges and high paying jobs.

  2. I disagree. The WSJ article’s headline and conclusion is largely based on a single quote by a single expert. No one expected Obama to tackle education immediately out of the box, even before the financial crisis.

    Read more of my thoughts here: http://eduoptimists.blogspot.com/2008/11/wither-education.html