That’s Right Nate

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Obama’s Secretary of Education

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There have been several people mentioned for Barrack Obama’s selection as Secretary of Education.  Whoever takes on this job will have a daunting task in continuing to dismantle public schools in this country in favor of for-profit charter schools, remove useless classes from our public school curriculum, and continue to punish those lazy union teachers in all ways possible.  The first big challenge is No Child Left Behind’s reauthorization–a brilliant program that works by using testing to single out struggling schools and punish them. I have heard several people mentioned for Secretary of Education and I thought I’d handicap them:

Arne Duncan – A basketball player in Australia before being tabbed by Chicago’s Mayor Daley to lead the city’s schools.  A childhood friend of singer R. Kelly, Duncan has helped Chicago usher in a host of new charters schools which let the free market take control of large chunk of Chicago’s public schools.  These charters appear are the future of universal public education  as they are able to have more rigorous standards than public schools that must admit everybody.

Paul Vallas – Arne Duncan’s predecessor in Chicago he is responsible for turning around the Chicago Public School System before Duncan.  He then went on to create the educational miracle that is Philadelphia and the soon to come miracle in New Orleans.

Inez Tennenbaum – I do not like her at all.  Back when South Carolina was #50 in ISAT scores she clashed with John Stossel.  Her scores went way up to #18 as she had said they would, but I think Stossel was onto something.  The big reason she should be eliminated is that unlike the other candidates she’s a former teacher which to me is a conflict of interest.   If you’ve been in the teacher’s union, how are you going to be expected to crush the unions.

Linda Darling-Hammond – Totally in the pocket of the unions.  How can we impose reform on them if they have the Education Secretary on their side?

Joel Klein – Has been responsible for the New York Education miracle.

Michelle Rhee – Has been head of Washington D.C. schools for a miraculous year.


Written by thatsrightnate

December 14, 2008 at 4:59 pm

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  1. LDH “totally” in the pocket of unions? What evidence do you cite on this particular point? Or is it pure conjecture?

    Julian Vasquez Heilig

    December 14, 2008 at 5:41 pm

  2. Oh that’s pure conjecture.


    December 14, 2008 at 5:57 pm

  3. Hi Nate, I’m back! I was traveling. I hope you missed me a lot! Hey, I heard rumors that you’re not as wealthy as you’d like us to believe, since you owe family members money and such. Is that true?


    December 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm

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