Archive for the ‘Schools’ Category

Why Singapore is another model for teaching excellence

March 24, 2009

Steven Paine had an aha moment while visiting Singapore last spring. The superintendent of West Virginia’s schools was there with other education leaders to see what makes schooling in the city-state so successful, particularly in math and science.

By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

When he asked a Singapore official about the basis of their math curriculum, she cited a standards framework put out by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – in the United States. West Virginia’s curriculum takes guidance from the same source, Mr. Paine says. “So the question remains, why is it that they lead the world in student achievement? I think it’s because of their teacher quality,” he says.

Only the top third of secondary-school graduates in Singapore can apply for teacher training. The National Institute of Education winnows that field down more and pays a living stipend while they learn to teach. Each year, teachers take an additional 100 hours of paid professional development. And they spend substantial time outside the classroom to plan with colleagues.

Not only is teaching an honored profession in Singapore, but it’s also paid as well as science and engineering careers, according to a report by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Pearson, the groups that organized the Singapore conference for representatives from 13 nations.

“What I really came away with was that we need to invest in a structure to support high-quality teaching,” Paine says. “In West Virginia, we’re calling that ‘building the back porch’ – that place where teachers can come together and discuss innovative ideas … [and] engage in research-based professional development.” He’s seen a number of low-performing schools improve after a concerted effort along these lines.

A similar gathering will bring state school officers to Finland this fall, to “triangulate … [and ask,] What can we learn that’s similar from these two high-performing countries?” says Scott Montgomery, deputy executive director of CCSSO in Washington. “We can’t control every aspect of the system the way they can in Singapore…. [But] at the state level, a lot of our members were saying, we can control university preparation programs [and] some licensure systems.”

Read the rest:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/
0324/p12s01-ussc.html

Barack Academy Announces Plan for “American Values, Truth, Honesty, Competence”

March 20, 2009

President Obama has already made this the “Education Presidency,” by offering a complete overhaul of the educations system in the United States.

Unlike the stimulus and health care plans he has proposed, which he left to the thoughtful Nancy Pelosi for the legislative drafting, the new education proposal will be created by Himself and the White House which is not at all challenged by the task.

And now an important new teachers’ union has come forward to assist Rahm Emanuel and the others in the White House team to create the new educations system.

“Patriotic Americans for Sensible Intelligence” (PATSI) president Susan Malarky has come forward to say, “To make sure this is a lot better than the special olympics type bill created by congress, we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping the White House.”

“Besides, without a lot of input from the teachers, the money the president proposes to spend might not all end up with union teachers where it belongs.”

PATSI also has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chistopher Dodd to start the project to write the next generation of student textbooks.

PATSI says Dodd and Pelosi will lead a team which will write the text on “American Values, Law, Truth and Honesty.”

Vice President Joe Biden said, “Give me a f *&$%# ing break.”

Keep your sense of humor!

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
28/introducing-barack-obama-academy/

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Why Singapore is another model for teaching excellence

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Thowing Money Around Isn’t Always the Cure

Obama Wants To “Unclog Blocked Lending Arteries” — Here’s The Problem

March 17, 2009

A local news reader in Washington DC said this morning that President Obama wanted to “unclog blocked lending arteries.”

He also wants to overhaul health care, education, our energy system, solve the climate change issue, eliminate cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and apparantly, raise the dead.

But is there enough money?

The “unclog lending arteries” phrase gives us some ideas.

My friend went into the OR to have “one or two clogs in arteries” removed; a procedure expedted to take about one hour.  Thirteen hours later he came out — almost dead.  The doctor had removed more than 150 clots.  My friend has scars all over the place and couldn’t walk for weeks.

The reason the president should no go fast on health care, education, our energy system, and climate change, is this: we do not know our own economic health.

And more spending may not solve all our problems.  It may open a lot of new wounds also known as a can of worms or Pandora’s Box.

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Obama: Really Wants to “Fix Schools”? Try The China Or Singapore Model

March 16, 2009

Every time I read about “fixing schools” and improving the performance of America’s students, I think about the schools I’ve seen in Singapore and China.

In China: passing exams and getting into the right schools is a life and death proposition.  It is do or die.  So the students work.  And work and work and work.

A young friend of mine practiced the piano for many hours each day beause the communist state said that was her “gift,” that is what the state decided she was good at.  She would also walk about two miles and attend three hours of state piano instruction; then walk home and play more piano.

The last time I was in Singapore I noticed that the taxi driver shared the same sirname with the Prime Minister.  When I asked how that could possibly be, he said, “I’m his son.  It’s my own doing, really, I didn’t want to work in school….”  He was assigned to drive the cab: that was his reward for not being a good student.

We Americans seem to think that money will solve our student education woes: but that hasn’t always worked and in China and Singapore they buy way less and get way more than we do, per student.

But you have to face a certain rigid truth if you go to school in China and Singapore: you might be allowed to fail.

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Thowing Money Around Isn’t Always the Cure

March 16, 2009

Is it just me or is there some irony in the air when Congress complains about bad performance after so much money is spent by corporations like AIG: even when there is lots of bad performance to behold in the congress itself despite the money being thrown around — and the self enacted pay raises.

Auto industry executives with jets are bad.  Nancy Pelosi: O.K.?

It seems like Team Obama has decided that money wasted by the Defense Department, AIG , GM and banks is really the height of evil; but for every single part of the federal budget they want to pour money into they only seem ready to pay lip service to better money management and offer larger government to help solve the problem.

Even though Barack Obama allowed Nancy Pelosi and her crowd to draft the stimulus package and has thrown them the red meat of the health care overhaul bill to draft, some nameless White House team will come up with a grand strategy to spend billions on education.  Never mind that just about every federal billion dollar effort for schools has almost always benefitted teachers and staff more than students…..

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By Jay Mathews
The Washington Post

I doubt we will get much school improvement out of the roughly $100 billion in stimulus funds the Obama administration is about to spend on education. The windfall will save the jobs of many hardworking educators, which is good, but we already know that dumping big pots of money on schools tends to help adults more than kids.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/c
ontent/article/2009/03/15/AR20090315
01759.html?hpid=sec-metro

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16/speaking-of-outrageous-bonuses-f
or-incompetent-performance/

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My friend that is a health care professional sees people that need “care” for one hour and then fills out paperwork for another 2 hours.  Why?  To satisfy government and insurance requirements.  A doctor I know already gave up his profession — it is too hard and he spends too much time on the computer and with paperwork, far too little on health care, and he just doesn’t make enough money.  Undoubtedly, Obama’s huge change promised for health care will make this problem worse but not to worry: we’ll pay even more to put all this work into computers!

Not enough care and not enough health!  Just visit a hospital or nursing home: health, care and money in conflict all over the place.  And more money doesn’t make for more “care.”

Or “health.”

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Sun Setting On American Superpower?

March 15, 2009

In February, 1979, when religious extremists overthrew and ousted the Shah of Iran, an immediate search began for “who lost Iran.”

For many Americans living in wealth at home, this may be of little concern.  But some would say, once the Shah was out of Iran we started on the road to today: an Iran on the brink of having a nuclear bomb and Isreal fearing for its very existance — a situation that has involved the U.S. for three or four decades and could ruin our whole day for years to come; unless a nuclear war comes first.

North Korea also has nuclear weapons and long range missiles and is making noise about starting trouble yet again.

Barack Obama needs to look himself in the mirror now and say, “Things are happening on my watch” and get rid of the notion that “We inherited a mess.”

Obama using recession to justify largest expansion of federal authority ever; U.S. less safe

Last week China’s Premier Wen Jiabao wondered aloud and very publically if the U.S. could be trusted to get its economic house in order.  He didn’t say this while George W. Bush was president: he said it two days ago.U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon even called the U.S. a “deadbeat” this last week.

Wen Jiabao wondered about the credibility of the U.S. after Obama failed to respond convincingly to an incident at sea between Chinese ships and an unarmed American naval vessel — and after Obama borrowed over $740 billion for the stimulus and another $410 billion for the omnibus, thus doubling the U..S. debt.

Wen Jiabao and Ban Ki-moon didn’t say, “I don’t have confidence in Bush; I do have confidence in Obama because he inherited this mess.”

When Russia maneuvered to eliminate the U.S. air base at Manas, Kyrgyzstan  recently, did anyone hear from Mr. Medvedev and Putin in Russia, “We did this because of Bush.  We are just peachy with Obama”?

When North Korea thumbed its nose at the United States last week, and threatened war, the White House indicated that it probably would not shoot down the long-range missile North Korea threatens to launch.

Japan had to step in and say, “We’ll take a shot because that North Korean missile is a threat.”

When Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez offered “a whole island with an airdrome, which we can use as a temporary base for strategic bombers,” to Russia yesterday, he didn’t say, “because of Bush.”

And when the Russians failed to say, “That’s a crazy idea,” it wasn’t because of Bush but it was because of Obama.

So we all need to think now that Barack Obama promises a lot of things that might, maybe, possibly could lead to a better America: health care, improved schools, a new energy system, the curing of cancer, the elimination of global warming, and etc. — all great stuff.

But will there be people asking: “Who lost Japan?  Who lost Korea?  Who lost Afghanistan, Pakistan and other nations?”

And will the certain losses matter, juxtaposed to the maybe gains?

And if American debt is so great that China stops buying U.S. Treasuries, or China “calls the shots” with America, will that matter?

And if our border with Mexico becomes overrun with Mexican drug cartels, I mean, just suppose, while we are looking the other way and fixing health care and spending our limited treasury on everything else, will that matter?  I am just dreaming here, I know.

That could never happen.  But just suppose…..

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

PS:  I am starting to hate this “inherited” BS.  Obama ran to get into the White House, along with all the goodies and problems that came with that.

Nobody “inherits” the White House unless death is involved….

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American adversaries are thumbing their noses, while this man wanted to run the census and now will supervize the writing of a measure to federalize schools. Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

D.C. Mayor Breaks with Democrats on Hill, Wants School Vouchers

March 13, 2009

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty called for continued federal funding for a program that permits underprivileged children to attend private school, breaking with the congressional leaders of his own Democratic Party who ended the initiative.

By Elizabeth Hillgrove and Kara Rowland
The Washington Times

“Political leaders can debate the merits of vouchers, but we should not disrupt the education of children who are presently enrolled in private schools through the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program,” Mr. Fenty said in his first public comment on the issue.

The remark, in a Wednesday night e-mail to The Washington Times, puts the mayor at odds with Democrats on Capitol Hill, who late last week circulated a document indicating that they have no plans to reconsider the program, which loses its funding next year in the $410 billion omnibus spending package.

“The committee does not anticipate reauthorizing the program,” a Democratic staffer on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said in the document obtained by The Times.

A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and the committee’s ranking member, accused Democrats of being disingenuous when they said during debate on the bill that they were open to reconsidering the program.

“Talk of hearings, assertions that no final decision had been made, were deceptive double-talk,” spokesman Frederick Hill said. “Democrats on the House committee that would have to reauthorize the program had already decided poor D.C. children shouldn’t be in private schools.”

Mr. Fenty now joins President Obama in arguing for allowing children now in the program to stay in it through graduation.

“The president has repeatedly said that school vouchers are not a long-term solution to our educational challenges, but in this instance believes that we should try to find a way to keep from disrupting the students currently enrolled in this program,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said Thursday. “He looks forward to working with Congress to find a solution.”

The omnibus package calls for the program, which provides $12.1 million annually for about 1,700 city students, to end after the 2009-10 school year unless Congress and the D.C. Council reauthorize it.

President Bush started the program five years ago, the only federally funded voucher system in the country. It has since been a target for Democrats, who draw support from the teachers unions that oppose it.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/
2009/mar/13/fenty-pushes-for-school-
vouchers/

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Obama’s School Plan

By David Brooks
The New York Times

In his education speech this week, Barack Obama retold a by-now familiar story. When he was a boy, his mother would wake him up at 4:30 to tutor him for a few hours before he went off to school. When young Barry complained about getting up so early, his mother responded: “This is no picnic for me either, Buster.”

That experience was the perfect preparation for reforming American education because it underlines the two traits necessary for academic success: relationships and rigor. The young Obama had a loving relationship with an adult passionate about his future. He also had at least one teacher, his mom, disinclined to put up with any crap.

The reform vision Obama sketched out in his speech flows from that experience. The Obama approach would make it more likely that young Americans grow up in relationships with teaching adults. It would expand nurse visits to disorganized homes. It would improve early education. It would extend the school year. Most important, it would increase merit pay for good teachers (the ones who develop emotional bonds with students) and dismiss bad teachers (the ones who treat students like cattle to be processed).

We’ve spent years working on ways to restructure schools, but what matters most is the relationship between one student and one teacher. You ask a kid who has graduated from high school to list the teachers who mattered in his life, and he will reel off names. You ask a kid who dropped out, and he will not even understand the question. Relationships like that are beyond his experience.

In his speech, Obama actually put more emphasis on the other side of the equation: rigor. In this context, that means testing and accountability.

Thanks in part to No Child Left Behind, we’re a lot better at measuring each student’s progress. Today, tests can tell you which students are on track and which aren’t. They can tell you which teachers are bringing their students’ achievement up by two grades in a single year and which are bringing their students’ levels up by only half a grade. They can tell you which education schools produce good teachers and which do not.

New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has data showing that progress on tests between the third and eighth grades powerfully predicts high school graduation rates years later — a clear demonstration of the importance of these assessments.

The problem is that as our ability to get data has improved, the education establishment’s ability to evade the consequences of data has improved, too. Most districts don’t use data to reward good teachers. States have watered down their proficiency standards so parents think their own schools are much better than they are.

As Education Secretary Arne Duncan told me, “We’ve seen a race to the bottom. States are lying to children. They are lying to parents. They’re ignoring failure, and that’s unacceptable. We have to be fierce.”

Obama’s goal is to make sure results have consequences. He praises data sets that “tell us which students had which teachers so we can assess what’s working and what’s not.” He also aims to reward states that use data to make decisions. He will build on a Bush program that gives states money for merit pay so long as they measure teachers based on real results. He will reward states that expand charter schools, which are drivers of innovation, so long as they use data to figure out which charters are working.

The administration also will give money to states like Massachusetts that have rigorous proficiency standards. The goal is to replace the race to the bottom with a race to the top, as states are compelled to raise their standards if they hope to get federal money.

In short, Obama hopes to change incentives so districts do the effective and hard things instead of the easy and mediocre things. The question is whether he has the courage to follow through. Many doubt he does. They point to the way the president has already caved in on the D.C. vouchers case.

Democrats in Congress just killed an experiment that gives 1,700 poor Washington kids school vouchers. They even refused to grandfather in the kids already in the program, so those children will be ripped away from their mentors and friends. The idea was to cause maximum suffering, and 58 Senators voted for it.

Obama has, in fact, been shamefully quiet about this. But in the next weeks he’ll at least try to protect the kids now in the program. And more broadly, there’s reason for hope. Education is close to his heart. He has broken with liberal orthodoxy on school reform more than any other policy. He’s naturally inclined to be data driven. There’s reason to think that this week’s impressive speech will be followed by real and potentially historic action.

Republicans: If You Can’t Agree On Core Values Now, Commit Harakiri

March 13, 2009

Arch liberal Bush hater Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was on the conservative Fox News Channel today to say, “Our country is being looted.”

If he can get this: so can all Republicans.

This is time for Republicans to stand united or die trying.  And for some that are on the fence like Maine’s Snowe and Collins and Arlen Specter of the Keystone state: we say adieu or seppuku.

Health care?  Good luck: but try to stand united.

Schools should be federalized and the White House is writing the legislation?  No brainer.

Spending at the rate of $1 billion an hour?  Unsustainable generational theft.  Even China is worried.

Energy: are you with Al Gore or against him?

Foreign policy?  Do you believe Iran, China, North Korea and the Taliban will play nice?

Terrorism: a word Obama has removed from the lexicon, is still maybe a threat?  What say you.

Corruption: Republicans want an end of corruption and total truth and honesty in government.  Right?

Time to ressurect the Newt style contract with what’s remaining of America before it is too late guys and gals….

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Daniel Flynn writes in today’s American Spectator, “If fiscal restraint, individual responsibility, the protection of human life, support for the 2nd Amendment and a robust military, and an abiding believe in American exceptionalism, are unpalatable to the likes of Frum, the left will certainly welcome him as the latest intellectual quisling, and exploit him for their own political designs.”

http://spectator.org/archives/200
9/03/13/frum-right-to-wrong

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Obama’s mythical mystique of government and science and their inherent moral benevolence

March 13, 2009

Presiden Obama is now on track to federalize schools, health care, some aspects of the media, science and just about every aspect of your American life.

Alarmist?

Maybe.  You judge for yourself.

The point is: some people do not believe that federal government rules for our schools will lead to better education across the board.

Some people do not believe that government control of health care will really mean better “care.”

Some people do not believe it is time to tax coal and gas and oil companies while we harvest the wind….There might still be too much hot air in the energy/climate change discussion….

Some people no longer beliive our national intelligence system: they said there were weapons of mass destruction is Iraq, they missed the fall of the Soviet Union, they now say what about Iran and nukes and the president wanted an anti-Isreal and pro-China guy named Freeman for a key intelligence job. Politicized?  Maybe.

Some people do believe that the spending, taxing and socialist trends we are now seeing will lead to a bankrupt America with the social life the Netherlands or Sweden.

And some people suspect that when the White House Chief of Staff engineers an assault on a private American citizen speaking his mind (Rush Limbaugh) and some folks talk about  ……  free speech will be curtailed before long.

I no longer believe in the benevolence of government.  And I surely suspect trouble in the promised benevolence of science, government and stem cell research….

And I just don’t believe in the promises of Barack Obama: the post-partisan, post-racial hope-filled future was a lie….

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By Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post
March 13, 2009

Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem cell research. I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President’s Council on Bioethics that, contrary to the Bush policy, federal funding should be extended to research on embryonic stem cell lines derived from discarded embryos in fertility clinics.

I declined to attend. Once you show your face at these things you become a tacit endorser of whatever they spring. My caution was vindicated.

Preident Bush had restricted federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to cells derived from embryos that had already been destroyed (as of his speech of Aug. 9, 2001). While I favor moving that moral line to additionally permit the use of spare fertility clinic embryos, President Obama replaced it with no line at all. He pointedly left open the creation of cloned — and noncloned sperm-and-egg-derived — human embryos solely for the purpose of dismemberment and use for parts.
I am not religious. I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception. But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more respect than an appendix. Moreover, given the protean power of embryonic manipulation, the temptation it presents to science and the well-recorded human propensity for evil even in the pursuit of good, lines must be drawn. I suggested the bright line prohibiting the deliberate creation of human embryos solely for the instrumental purpose of research — a clear violation of the categorical imperative not to make a human life (even if only a potential human life) a means rather than an end.

On this, Obama has nothing to say. He leaves it entirely to the scientists. This is more than moral abdication. It is acquiescence to the mystique of “science” and its inherent moral benevolence. How anyone as sophisticated as Obama can believe this within living memory of Mengele and Tuskegee and the fake (and coercive) South Korean stem cell research is hard to fathom.

That part of the ceremony, watched from the safe distance of my office, made me uneasy. The other part — the ostentatious issuance of a memorandum on “restoring scientific integrity to government decision-making” — would have made me walk out.

Restoring? The implication, of course, is that while Obama is guided solely by science, Bush was driven by dogma, ideology and politics.

What an outrage. Bush’s nationally televised stem cell speech was the most morally serious address on medical ethics ever given by an American president. It was so scrupulous in presenting the best case for both his view and the contrary view that until the last few …

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy
n/content/article/2009/03/12/AR20
09031202764.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03
/12/laughingstock-president-doom-
does-a-180-cancels-fear-mongering/

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Obama’s Schools Will Have To Follow Federal Rules, Like Socialist, Communist Schools

March 13, 2009

Barack Obama, on many issues and topics, is a lesson in good news and bad news.  No issue demonstrates this more clearly than his position education.

Unlike the stimulus and health care issues, which he’s left to the (able?) hands of Nancy Pelosi and her team on the left to write; the Obama White House will write the new education bill.  And the federal government will take a new and all knowing role in the nation’s education system.

This has several troubling elements of hypocricy at least for me:

First, Barack Obama’s two children attend private schools which seem to be doing just fine without the federal government’s rules, regulations and oversight.  And even though Obama favors vouchers for privately educated students and their parents, the District of Columbia is moving toward the elimination of vouchers that permit poor kids to get better educations than the public schools can offer.

DC schools are considered among the worst in the nation, despite the admirable efforts of new Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

And, if the bank bailout is any guide, schools accepting vouchers in the future can expect federal government rules and regulations galore.  There is no free lunch.

Second: Money has rarely equated to better education; just as money and better health care is often just a myth.

DC schools cost the taxpayers more per student than just about any other school system.

Two years ago, the Law School of the University of the District of Columbia spent more per student than any other law school in the nation.  The success rate at passing the bar the first time was the nation’s worst….

Third: Communist and socialist governments take control of two institutions first and formost: education and the media.

Most of the American media is already “swallow Obama” so schools have to be next….

This bring us to what will be taught in Obama’s schools: texbooks controlled by well meaning, politically correct fools are all over the place in America today.  We have lost sight of the facts in our children’s textbooks entirely.

And as CNN’s Lou Dobbs has been pointing out lately, our colleges, once bastions of free speech, have become intolerant fortresses of the left.

A federalized school system will have what kind of teachings in their texts?

Finally: the president used some erronious facts and figures Tuesday in his grand education address — figures in dispute with his own Department of Education as pointed out by NPR.  Why can’t the president used facts to martial evidince like other good lawyers are required to do?  I thought he went to Harvard…..

But the facts make little difference when you want to control what others think…..

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st
ory.php?storyId=101823886

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Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
He wanted to run the census and now will supervize the writing of a measure to federalize schools. Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

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Christian Science Monitor Editorial Board

Of his three biggest projects, one is clearly closest to President Obama’s heart. On energy and healthcare, he’s leaving it to Congress to fill in the details of his ideals. (They are also the two most likely to falter.) But for education? No detail is being left behind.

His agenda for public schools, laid out in a major speech Tuesday, is bolder than he promised on the campaign trail and reflects his particular interest in urban schools – and perhaps being a parent.

It also signals unilateral action by the US Department of Education that won’t rely on lawmakers, many of whom are beholden to campaign donations from powerful teacher unions.

Mr. Obama will use the carrots and sticks of billions in federal money already allocated for education this year to aim for what he calls “a complete and competitive education” for all Americans.

He wants longer school years and days. He’s asking states to lift the caps on the number of charter schools (in clear defiance of teacher unions). He wants teachers’ pay tied to the success of students. He would push states to toughen standardized tests, while also broadening their scope to include skills such as critical thinking and creativity. And much more.

These reforms would inject a heavier federal hand into local schools, both in mandates and a reliance on money from Washington. Obama has yet to address the wisdom of a nation of 300 million people with diverse educational problems marching to the same federal tune of reform. It won’t be easy to backtrack on a failed reform or stand up to Beltway lobbies relying on this huge influx of spending.

But then, the need to make America competitive in global markets is great. In 8th grade math, for instance, the US has fallen to 9th place in world rankings. The high school dropout rate has tripled in 30 years. Of the 30 fastest-growing occupations, Obama says, half require a college degree. For those students who have gone on to a four-year college in recent years, only 57 percent graduate – and many take six years to do so.

The most difficult reform may be expanding merit pay to more school districts. While it’s best to work with unions to come up with fair ways to judge a teacher’s performance, unions can’t stand in the way of ousting teachers whose talent or enthusiasm doesn’t make the grade. Tenure can no longer protect bad teachers.

In Obama’s call for about half the states to lift their current caps on the number of charter schools, he’s making an important decision for choice in education – especially for poor parents in cities where many charters are doing well with public money.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was well known as Chicago’s school chief for closing down failing schools and letting charter schools show what union-free teaching can do in achieving innovation and excellence. Charters also help put a spotlight on parental responsibility in education, such as making sure students get to school and do their homework.

Just as the US economy is now being held accountable by world markets for its failings, so must US schools now measure up to the higher standards set in many other nations. As Obama says, “The future belongs to the nation that best educates its citizens.”

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