Admitting Failure

Obama FacepalmThe Obama Regime has finally admitted the endemic failure of educational system as run by the government in America. Of course the boy blamed President Bush, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Obama Regime has admitted that it’s schools can’t meet any objective standards or metrics for basic competency.

Obama and his handlers have released 10 states from the No Child Left Behind requirements that have been in place for 10 years. Those states are: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. At least 28 more states as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico are expected to seek and receive similar dispensation by the end of February, 2012.

Why are these waivers being asked for and granted? Because these states’ “school systems” can’t meet the 2014 requiring that all students be proficient in reading and math even though they had 12 years to raise themselves to that basic standard.

Obama, faced with having to apply the sanctions that NCLB requires and having failed to coerce Congress to lower the standards, has simply decided to waive the law as if it didn’t exist in the first place.

After waiting far too long for Congress to reform No Child Left Behind, my administration is giving states the opportunity to set higher, more honest standards in exchange for more flexibility.

Barack Obama

Obama, his reelection bid always held firmly in his mind, can blame President Bush and Congress all that he wants. Doing so doesn’t change the fact that, even with over a decade to work with, the public school system has failed to meet basic objective measurement of their capability to teach math and reading proficiency.

Admitting failure is the first step towards fixing the problem. Sadly, Obama’s second step of removing the standard and allowing those who have failed to redefine they’re own standards and metrics is not in any way shape or form a step forward.

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4 Responses to “Admitting Failure”

  1. Dave Raven Says:

    What has he done to correct the problems in our edjucational system, besides raise our taxes?

  2. jonolan Says:

    Little but not nothing. He did, at the beginning of his term in office, use the bully pulpit to argue for some practical educational reforms based upon tweaks to NCLB.

    Sadly, when the Mayor of DC appointed a public schools chancellor who believed in those reforms, the Mayor was primaried right out of office by the Black Majority in DC. Not much further was done after that.

  3. Moe Says:

    jonolan – I guess there’s no way to win. Bush/Kennedy put NCLB in place and it’s been a failure. Obama moved to mitigate that to the extent he was able. (My state is one that was let off the hoook – thank Elvis! – because people here really really didn’t like it).

    But he’s done something wrong, exactly what I am not sure.

    By the way, in this country, we have an Administration of a President running the Executive branch, now and always. We don’t have regimes.

  4. jonolan Says:

    We could win, Moe. It just takes requiring what passes for our public school system to actually teach instead of splitting their time between coddling and indoctrination. NCLB was a step in that direction.

    And NCLB has not been a failure. The entrenched “teaching” apparatus and its unions have failed to meet it standards. That doesn’t make the law a failure, only its violators.

    But no, Obama needs support from the AFL-CIO and others so he’s unilaterally decided to abrogate yet another law. What is it? Are the schools “too big fail?”

    And finally – no, Moe. We have the Obama Regime and regime describes it very well, better than “the Imperial Presidency” ever described Pres. Bush’s tenure as POTUS since Obama ignores any law he sees fit to and takes powers unto himself that constitution does not grant him the authority to do.

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