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Obama, What Hope, What Change?

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posted on May, 29 2008 @ 11:56 AM

Originally posted by wutone
reply to post by Rasobasi420

But you can't fix the problem with education by just throwing money at it. Some of the largest and best funded school districts are also the worst. Within those same areas, there are private schools, which operate at a much lower budget with teachers getting paid considerably less, that provide a much better education than their public counterparts.

* Reform No Child Left Behind: Obama will reform NCLB, which starts by funding the law. Obama believes teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests. He will improve the assessments used to track student progress to measure readiness for college and the workplace and improve student learning in a timely, individualized manner. Obama will also improve NCLB's accountability system so that we are supporting schools that need improvement, rather than punishing them.

Sounds like practical reform, not money throwing.

* Make Math and Science Education a National Priority: Obama will recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession and will support efforts to help these teachers learn from professionals in the field. He will also work to ensure that all children have access to a strong science curriculum at all grade levels.

Well, providing incentives for new and better teachers might sound like 'money throwing' but it's a practical and useful bit of money throwing if you ask me.

* Address the Dropout Crisis: Obama will address the dropout crisis by passing his legislation to provide funding to school districts to invest in intervention strategies in middle school - strategies such as personal academic plans, teaching teams, parent involvement, mentoring, intensive reading and math instruction, and extended learning time.

'Throwing money' at programs which are absolutely necessary for our children to advance and succeed.

* Expand High-Quality Afterschool Opportunities: Obama will double funding for the main federal support for afterschool programs, the 21st Century Learning Centers program, to serve one million more children.

With the current budget for after school activities many public schools have been forced to lose their sports, art and music programs to fit their dwindling budget.

The truth is that money will solve many of the issues at hand. It only matters where the money is spent. And yes, I would give up one bomber if it means that the city of Philadelphia could actually teach their children and prevent them from hanging out on street corners after school.

posted on May, 29 2008 @ 01:32 PM
There it is again, more proposals, more money, more promises, more hot air.

The number one problem with public education is the fact that public education teachers do not have the desire to teach.

Did Obama say anything about the teachers' unions?

Do you think Obama can do anything if the teachers' unions oppose education reforms? The corruption of the teachers' unions and their virtual testicle grip on the education system should be a priority.

Actually the reason why Obama does not say anything about teacher unions and continues on with his flowery hot air is because he knows that he can't do anything substantive about education but he sure can say things to make people happy. When he gets elected, he will sure make people happy, especially in teachers' unions. All he is going to do is toss more money at them and make them an even more powerful lobbying group.

And this isn't about bombers, its about the space program. If anything the children need in America, it is heroes and inspiration that the space program can provide. It is a bad thing to cut the funding of thousands of scientists, engineers, and astronauts in order to pander to the corrupted education machine.

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