Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Nobody Wants the Loser-Education or Elections?

April 19, 2006

Dear President Bush,

The recent stories on education stuck in my craw. One revealed how millions of kids are not being counted in an effort to show “improvement”. Another showed how schools game the competitive win/lose system of No Child Left Behind. That wealthy high scoring school districts would discourage poor low scoring students from entering their schools seems a perverse by-product of your education program.

Then I saw another article and it made sense. The Republican Party is paying for ads promoting a Democratic candidate in an upcoming primary. Why would they do that? Because, they believe that candidate is far enough left to be easily beaten in the fall election. The best way to win is to make sure you have an easy opponent.

Applying that to education, might schools pay for high scoring kids to attend their schools? Might they pay for low scoring kids to stay away or attend another school? We already know they fudge the numbers, what else might they do? If the election process is any indication, how low can the bar go?

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