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While Abroad, President Chats About U.S. Educational Malpractice

By Kay Daly

President Barack Obama trotted over to Australia this week and while visiting a school, unloaded about American schools. About how schools are failing children, poor children in particular, and when they are young so that when they do reach elementary school, they are "already behind."

This catharsis is rather peculiar. It is true, but it is peculiar. It is what we conservatives have been saying for years. Going overseas and saying it to folks who will compete with our future generations for jobs is not the wisest of ideas. Time and place, Mr. President.

Fact is, the solution what liberals and conservatives disagree on. Liberals foolishly want to simply to throw more good taxpayer money after bad to their teacher union buddies. That has been going on for years and it has been getting progressively worse, not better.

There is no link between the amount of money spent per pupil and educational attainment. If that were the case, then the DC Public school system would be Cambridge instead of the educational wasteland that it is.

Charter schools and school choice vouchers have worked wherever they have been tried. And if those schools haven't worked, they have gone away. These non-performing public union bureacracy schools have stayed with us to the detriment of generations of uneducated, poorly prepared, close to functionally illiterate children.

But what does the President care? He was financially able to exercise his choice for his own children to the tune of $30,000 a year.

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  1. blemeComment by bleme
    November 17, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    When I was in school, I was driven to do well because I didn’t want to be poor for the rest of my life.  Today someone can live quite well between the Government programs and the black market.  What used to be a safety net has become a playground!  What motivation is there to work and study hard?  It is much easier to just tell the rich to pay their fair share…

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      December 15, 2011 @ 12:18 pm


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    • blemeComment by bleme
      December 15, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

      It still works :-)

      Btw, I’d like to add that Obama himself is all the proof anyone needs of the failure of the American education system…

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  2. Mawloud Ould DaddahComment by Mawloud Ould Daddah
    November 17, 2011 @ 6:19 pm


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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      November 18, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

      Are you?

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  3. ccfontenComment by ccfonten
    November 18, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    I am sick to death with this s.  o.  b.  griping about and denigrating everything about MY COUNTRY!  If he doesn’t like what he sees………….either do something constructive to fix it or get the H  E  L  L  OUT!
    Let someone who cares step in and work to fix our problems that idjits like you created in the first place!

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  4. JDZComment by JDZ
    November 18, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    If only Obama and his liberal friends would just fess up and admit that the root cause of our problems with public education is that it is basically run by the public service teachers union who is more concerned about salaries and benefits for their collective members then how best to educate our kids. The administrators of our schools are hamstrung by union agreements and policies and really have little flexibility to change the way education is provided to our kids, have little leverage over teacher quality or management, the size of classrooms, the teaching methods, etc.

    Charter schools and other private schools continue to deliver better educated children at all grades as compared to the public schools, and it is not a funding problem. Just ask Obama where he is sending his kids to school these days and in the past, and they are not going to public schools.

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      November 18, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

      The teachers unions aren’t really as concerned about their members salaries and benefits, as they are about the bloated salaries and benefits of the union executives. The funny thing is: The unions are businesses, and have highly paid CEO’s, and we don’t hear the OWS going after them!

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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      November 18, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

      D’Accord.  My folks were educators and as such worked tirelessly at improving their own skills and talents.  Every summer Ma & Pa went to “summer school” at the Univ., completing more credits for their teaching degrees.  My Mother retired after many years with a Master’s in Ed. specializing in primary school education and was instrumental in starting Primary Programs, and my Dad retired also after many years with a Ph.D. in Education specializing in instructing special needs students as the head of the UW Education Department.  His programs for Autistic Children are the first ever and still widely used around the world.  When I’m up in Wisconsin, a day rarely goes by without running into one of “their kids” who tell me how much they loved and respected Ma & Pa, and tell me over and over to thank them for “being the best and nicest teachers they ever had, and showing them how to get the most from the teachers they had later.  There are thousands of them.  Needless to say, my brother and I pretty much raised ourselves, and continue our own educations daily as a result.

      The problems we have now are indeed fostered by the union”s coddling of incompetent teachers, and the “tenure” system.  Teachers should be paid for their ability to get results, not for longevity or union membership.   

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  5. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    November 18, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    The biggest reason that teachers unions are such a drag on our educational system is that the only criteria for teacher’s pay is the amount of time the teacher has been employed within the system.  This gives no real incentive for the really bright young teacher to put forth any extraordinary effort to perform better or more effectively than the long term teacher. It also gives the firmly entrenched incompetent no reason to make any effort to outshine the newcomer.
    There will never be any improvement under the current public school system until (or if) a merit pay incentive is offered………….anyone see that happening Mr. Obama? Are teachers in Australia unionized Mr. Obama?  Did you even bother to ask that question? 

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