Bush sought to hold local schools responsible with a No Child Left Behind-standards stick accompanying federal carrot money. Obama used the white guilt-stick with Race to the Top money.
Ethan Young, a senior at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., thinks the trade-off between federal dollars and the impositions on the freedom of local teachers to adapt to their particular students’ needs is hurting education:
Speaking at a local school board meeting earlier this month, a Tennessee high school senior issued a brief and incredibly insightful address on the problems with Common Core standards.
Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local or state governments…
Young also argued that Common Core standards display a “mistrust of teachers,” a line that prompted applause from the audience.
This one man with courage could one day make a tea partier-majority in the Volunteer State. Wonder what is the minimum age there to be eligible for local office, including the school board?
Maybe one day Ethan and others like him can accomplish the elimination of the Department of Education that President Jimmy Carter created and that President Ronald Reagan tried to, but couldn’t, get done.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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