The international ‘nanny of the month’

Reason’s first global Nanny of the Month award goes to the European Union, which beat out the Danes, who are taxing foods high in saturated fat, and the Aussies in the Northern Territory, who have banned alcohol sales to problem drinkers.

. . . top dishonors go to the European Union’s control freaks who have cracked down on free-range kids, slapping regulations on everything from baby rattlers (which have brand-new noise restrictions) to blowing up balloons (not to be done by tots under age eight!).

Obama’s F for education

“Obama continues to make a play to be the edjumication president, yet he won’t do a goddamn thing to actually shake up the ineffective, over-spending status quo,” writes Nick Gillespie on Reason’s Hit & Run blog.

But it’s hard to ignore what a cliche-monger, unvisionary, and basic hypocrite Obama is when it comes to doing something-anything to empty the K-12 prisons we mislabel as schools in this country.

Reason gives Obama’s education vision a big fat F:

Voucher video

Reason TV attacks President Obama’s failure to protect the Washington, D.C. voucher program for low-income students.

Mercedes Campbell uses the $7,500 voucher to attend Georgetown Visitation Prep. Her mother Ingrid says to Obama,  “We voted for you, we walked, we went to the parade, we stood freezing. Why?… Can you get this tape over to Obama and have him answer our questions? Why, sir, why?”

More data, same results

Reason blogger Lisa Snell mocks the idea that stimulus cash will buy useful education data.

From NCLB data reporting requirements, we learned that thousand of schools are low-performing and that low-income and minority student have low levels of proficiency in reading and math.

Yet, these same states that report that “transparent” data under NCLB continue to get billions in federal aid.

NCLB’s data reporting requirements have pushed many schools to focus time and resources on teaching low-achieving students.  There have been successes. But spotlighting failure doesn’t necessarily lead to success.