Obama is a good speaker. I think everyone agrees on that. I read an article about his speech yesterday and it was all going pretty good until one part.
He said, "our schools fail too many". Now, on the one hand I agree with this. But it's like saying "too many people are not millionaires". I also agree with this, but it's not the problem.
He would have been better off saying, "our school systems are not properly educating our children". Yes, too many are failing, but the ones that are passing are not getting a challenging, well rounded education. He, like his predecessor, is ignoring the gifted. It sounds like he's going to go with the "no child left behind" policy that I hate, although it could be part of a great policy. Just not the mantra of the policy.
Our education system can not be fixed by making sure everyone passes. On the radio today, a guy was saying how he makes money every six weeks by hacking into the school's computer and raising grades so athletes and other students don't fail. I guess he should be part of Obama's board of education. Sounds like he's got a plan for Obama's grand scheme that will actually make money rather than costing money.