Wednesday, August 11, 2010

civil rights movement for our time

Politics tends to polarize issues. There is no shortage of topics that the left and the right are all to willing to engage in political duals.

But have you noticed that whether you are speaking with a liberal or a conservative, a Democrat or a Republican, or reading the Washington Post or Globe and Mail, almost everyone who may be progressive in other areas are indistinguishable from Fox News?

Have you noticed that Obama's education policy's simply took Bush's No Child Left Behind and added...

...more testing.

But this time the tests carry with them even more bribes and threats (read as Race to the Top and mass firings like Central Falls and Rhode Island). It all brings new meaning to Maslow's Maxim:

He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.

When Tony Blair said the three most important fields for government to concern themselves with should be education, education and education, he was profoundly correct; however, when it comes to education, far too many people are simply ignorant towards what it means to provide excellent, progressive education for all.

The gaping void that exists between policy makers like Arne Duncan and real educators like Linda Darling-Hammond are inescapably gargantuan.

And the gap isn't getting any smaller.

Hence why many people are calling the issues around education reform the civil rights movement for our times.

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