At Fireside, you can share what's on your mind about education.
from the article:
"The Obama administration has benefited mightily by winning the approval of the national media. But the media have failed to ask what
the race is about, what the "top" is, who will lose the race, and what
will be accomplished by the government's expenditure of nearly $5
billion for these purposes.
I think the Race to the Top is a massive waste of money that will produce perverse consequences. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of schools
will be privatized, handed over in some cases to incompetent or
unscrupulous organizations. Teachers will be pushed to focus more of
their energy on unworthy tests. Many schools will discover there is
less time to teach the arts or sciences or foreign languages or history.
Based on my travels these past few months, I conclude that my views are by no means unusual. Our nation's educators are strongly opposed to
the Race to the Top. They know these policies will harm and degrade
education. Our policymakers in Washington, D.C., should pay attention."