Dems for real change in education

I have to admit I just about fell out of my seat reading this: http://www.slate.com/id/219776…

I really enjoyed this: One panelist–I think it was Peter Groff, president of the Colorado State Senate, got the ball rolling by complaining that when the children’s agenda meets the adult agenda, the “adult agenda wins too often.”

It is good to know that there are Democrats out there that not only recognize that we have a serious problem in public education, they recognize one of the the root causes as well.  Hopefully this will lead to some real bi-partisanship in reforming an ailing system.

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  1. Car 31 says:

    From Senate President Peter Groff in response to NYC school chief Joe Klein:

    Groff, a crowd favorite, made the conventional local elected officials’ objection that you need flexibiity, one size doesn’t fit all, “what works” in County X might not work in County Y. And he was booed! Loudly. By Democratic education wonks. Wow.

    Senator Groff, keep on keeping on!  One size fits all does not work everywhere.

    • DavidThi808 says:

      Both for what he said and that the education wonks boo-ed him. The education wonks being upset is clearly a necessary condition for somthing that will bring substantial improvement.

      • Laughing Boy says:

        I’m very impressed.

        • Car 31 says:

          many Dems speak about new ways to approach education policy.  The problem, as illustrated by the response to Sen. Groff’s comments, is teacher unions and old school Dems will not discuss other options.

          We must do something different, throwing money at the system and relying on standardized tests is not enough.

        • parsingreality says:

          we have to make sure we don’t throw out the baby (universal, taxpayer funded eduction) out with the bathwater (old ways and systems no longer working.)

          • Laughing Boy says:

            holding the baby under water for 40 years so they can control the remote.

            Anything short of a reformation in the education unions won’t pass muster for me.  They’ve lost their place in line with people like Merrifield and their snotty denial of the fact that they haven’t accomplished their most basic mission.  

            • parsingreality says:

              I know from both family and personal experience that w/o some form of collective voice, the school boards run the show.

              “Take it or leave it.”  That’s pretty much how the Sarasota board treated us in forty years ago.  They also told us that our beautiful beaches help make up for the low salaries!  The NEA then was very much pretending to be a professional organization and that salary negotiations were beneath them.  The AFT, a real union, was moving out of the big cities and into the suburbs back then.  Whatever happened to them?  

            • redstateblues says:

              if schools were run your way, would teachers get raises based on standardized test scores? If that were the case, I guess I would just teach at a school in a rich, or middle class district. That way the kids who have all of the technology and the money, who perform better on high-stakes tests, will help to pave my driveway with solid 24 Karat gold.

              Without some form of collective bargaining, where is the incentive to teach at under-performing, poorer schools?

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