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David Brooks Ruins Henry IV To Make Stupid Point About The Education System

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Good Friday afternoon to you, plebes, and I hope you’re all set for your well-earned weekend. First, though, we must trot over to the New York Times, where it’s always Paywall Day, and have a look-see at what David Brooks has done to one of your PoliticOlogist’s top three Shakespeare plays.

Brooks, last seen chiding us all for not being Good Followers as our Leaders led us off a moral and financial cliff, and then penning a few hundred inscrutable words aboutsomething named Bruce Springsteen (or, as Brooks prefers him, The Boss) has scribed another one of his inspired columns—you know the type, the type comprised entirely of invalid generalities and illegitimate assumptions and blissfully free of the kind of evidence that would confirm that even an iota of what he’s talking about occurs outside of his own noggin….Read More

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Barack Obama’s Education Plan: Overview and Analysis

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Since taking office in 2008, Obama has been trying to distance himself from the failing and unpopular Bush-era policies like No Child Left Behind. Unfortunately, his efforts to reform the American education system have been a far cry from effective. His K-12 reform policies can be broken into the following five general policies….

Obama would like for his plan for education reform to be markedly different from Romney’s and the Bush-era’s No Child Left Behind. But by focusing on standards, accountability and transparency, he has opted to maintain the status quo, even though the status quo has been proven ineffective. Some have argued that Obama and Arne Duncan, the education Secretary have chosen this line for its political viability. I have argued before for a more holistic approach to education reform. But policy makers won’t be likely to adopt the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education any time soon…. Read More


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Mitt Romney’s Education Plan: Overview and Analysis

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“As President, I’ll be champion of real education reform in this country,” Romney said at a press conference to unveil his K-12 education plan.

Sadly, his plans for education reform are not innovative or effective; rather, research has shown that the voucher system Romney is promoting would have marginal effects on test scores, teacher quality and school choice for the poor and disadvantaged…. Read More.


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Romney’s Bold, Unprecedented Plan To Do Nothing About Education



While they were hailed as bold and unprecedented, Romney’s plans are actually vague rehashings of a voucher system that has proven to be ineffective.

Using the typical rhetoric of failure and choice, Romney’s education reforms mirror the conservatives’ nationwide efforts to dismantle and privatize public education institutions. Evidence: Scott Walker’s “reforms.” After attacking the unions’ collective bargaining rights, Walker made “unprecedented” cuts to education—about $900 million—and constructed a byzantine state-run system of charter schools…. Read more

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Police Pepper Spray Student Protestors at Santa Monica College (VIDEO)


The protest was over a proposal to create a tier of high-demand classes that would cost about six times the normal tuition rate…Read More

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