"A child's learning is the funtion more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Great Pretender and "George Bush's Thing"

. . . Oh, yes, Im the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what Im not, you see

I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around


Too real is this feeling of make believe

Too real when I feel when my heart can't conceive
--Buck Ram


From WaPo:

. . . . In a speech to educators and advocates from across the country, Spellings urged support for the law's core principle: requiring states, school systems and schools to show that students can handle reading and math at grade level.

"We must resist pressure to weaken or water down accountability," Spellings said in an education summit hosted in the District by the nonpartisan Aspen Institute. "To those who reject this goal, I ask, 'What's your answer?' I have yet to meet a parent who doesn't want their child on grade level right now, today, not 2014."

. . . .

In an interview last week, Spellings said she does not think either candidate would make renewal of the law a priority upon entering the White House. "It's not their thing," she said. "It's George Bush's thing. George Bush campaigned for president on No Child Left Behind." . . . .

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