There is something compelling about the need for our educational system to embrace the future. Joanne Weiss, Secretary Arne Duncan’s Chief of Staff used to run Race to the Top. She explains why big money and national educational standards matter. Her explanation is cogent unless you consider the unintended consequences. Or, were they intended? It all depends upon your point of view.
As Congress is closing in on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is more than a little curious how the political forces are aligned. There is speculation that President Obama may veto the final legislation. If he does, more of the same may stir even greater resistance, especially to the testing and accountability systems that are in place now. If, however, the new legislation makes it into law, have we lost a great opportunity to reach for the moon once again? As in any serious debate by serious people, there is likely truth on both sides of the issue.