President Barack Obama recently challenged all Americans to overcome the stale debates that have paralyzed progress on education so that we can offer every child in this country the chance to out-compete any worker worldwide."Offer every child in this country a chance to out-compete any worker worldwide?" What the hell! Does Arne not have a secretary? Oh, I forgot--he is the Secretary.
If we could just dispense with this childhood stuff and get right to the worker stuff. Just a couple of weeks ago, he was offering to come up with a super test let to second graders know if they were or were not destined for college:
We should be able to look every second grader in the eye and say, ‘You’re on track, you’re going to be able to go to a good college, or you’re not,’ Right now, in too many states, quite frankly, we lie to children. We lie to them and we lie to their families.I know, I know, I shouldn't be too hard on Arne. What he says doesn't matter, anyway--it's what Coach Broad and Coach Gates say that really matters, and they are only talking to Arne.