Saturday, February 26, 2005

Newsweek interview with Dick Riley

Here's an interview with Clinton's Secretary of Education Richard Riley.

Money quote on No Child Left Behind:

[I'm] seeing a serious frustration everywhere I speak. [Teachers and educators are concerned] that they’re taking the creative teaching out of the classroom and it’s too much “teaching to the test.” They ought to have No Child Left Behind, but they ought to have more flexibility and we ought to have the federal government be a partner with the states and fund it. If you demand more, you ought to pay more.

There are those f-words again: flexibility and funding. It's such a consistent message from critics across the political spectrum, from Clinton's education secretary to Utah conservatives.

If the Bushies want NCLB to take root beyond their time in power, these are clearly the problems they must fix. I don't have any confidence that they have the political will or skill to do it. But then again, like most critics, I've misunderestimated 'em before...


Blogger Jenny D. said...

I always knew Riley was an idiot. Guess he forgot to look at Goals 2000, which was enacted in his administration.

3:24 AM  
Blogger Polski3 said...

Learn History. Most folk with half a brain can now see the results of Moscow's centralized control over its worldwide empire. ( Moskow: Boris Spudavich, you are hereby relieved of your position as Potato Collective #666 Direktor, you did not meet your Quota Boris: But Moscow, Potatoes will not grow here on Severnaya Zemlya, the ground is frozen 11 months of the Year! Moscow: You have failed, off to the Bakail Gulgug with You! )

Local authorities must be granted the power and funds to achieve what needs to be done at their locale. Without it, NCLB will fail. And, as I rarely hear, why is the Federal Government even involved in education. Doesn't the tenth amendment leave issues like education up to the states?
No place in our constitution or amendments does it say education should be a federal responsibility.

11:22 AM  
Blogger EdWonk said...

It's interesting how the expectations of teacher performance continue to rise but there is no corresponding increase in the amount of funds actually reaching the classroom.

1:17 PM  

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