No more Armstrong Williams, no more paid PR firms to pump the party line onto op-ed pages around the country.
Mom Spellings has taken the bull by the horns, as evidenced yesterday in her homespun wisdom and half-truths stitched onto the editorial pages of the Atlanta Journal/Constitution.
She begins thusly: "Testing has been a valuable part of the educational process since the days of Socrates."
Yes, with the dialogue, the dialectic, and arete, we now place another cultural gift from the Ancients, a symbol of Man's commitment to rise above the level of the mere animal and to aspire to the qualities for which the gods have allowed us access--higher test scores.
From the days of Socrates to the days of Bush, Spellings weaves her word magic, dropping this quote from the Man, himself, her boss: "As President Bush likes to say, what gets measured gets done."
Perhaps you know how sadly and profoundly true that statement is.
Maggie--you're doin' a heckuva job.