Obama aides ‘educate’ children, young adults

One third of all American high school students leave school without being awarded a diploma. Over 3.3 million teen-agers are not even enrolled in high schools. Nearly two-thirds of Americans, aged 18 to 24, cannot find Iraq on a map; a third failed to locate Louisiana on a map after Hurricane Katrina.

According to a number of relevant criteria, our students lag far behind those of other developed countries. In testing sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the average math score in 2006 for an American 15-year-old was in the bottom 25 percent. Fully 23 of 29 countries participating in a recent survey outperformed Americans teens in math scores, and 16 of 29 countries beat us in science.

The ability to compose a coherent essay appears to be a disappearing skill. Here, for example, is an excerpt from a randomly selected high school student’s paper, pulled off the Internet:

“The amount of grammer and usage error’s today is astounding. Not to mention spelling. If I was a teacher, I’d feel badly that less and less students seem to understand the basic principals of good writing. Neither the oldest high school students nor the youngest kindergartner know proper usage. A student often thinks they can depend on word processing programs to correct they’re errors. Know way!*”

How is the Barack Obama administration responding to this challenge? Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, for one, is traversing the country to lecture students. Unfortunately, he’s not lecturing them about mathematics, science, history or writing skills. Instead, he’s discussing the politically correct topic of “climate change.” Who cares if our teens cannot pass a math exam or write a coherent essay; they’ll have been bedazzled by a top government leader with stories of how “climate change” and “global warming” will soon destroy the planet.

Similarly, as reported recently in this column, the U.S. Census Bureau is working classrooms from cost-to-coast to educate students about the importance of the census, and to encourage them to convey that information to their parents. Heaven forbid those students would be urged to discuss with their families the importance of the Bill of Rights, or of free enterprise to the development of America’s stature in the world. Better they lecture their parents and siblings about the need to count illegal aliens to ensure their community receives its “fair share” of federal dollars.

Sending cabinet secretaries and lower-level federal officials into schools to lecture students about the most current policy fad is not simply a distraction; it reduces the ability of students to learn and comprehend fundamental skills. President Obama has sent at least 28 officials from his administration into schools to promote his policy agenda. The secretaries of agriculture, commerce, defense, homeland security, housing and urban development, and even the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, to name a few, have been sent forth to “educate” children and young adults about his agenda.

Parent-teacher organizations are hardly setting the bar any higher — partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency in a cross-country, “green” tour of schools to teach not math or science, but energy efficiency. Discussing how to make a “green world” may soothe the conscience of a liberal, but does nothing to help equip students for “real world” jobs or prepare them for the rigors of a college career.

In his recent remarks about helping students “go green,” Secretary Chu criticized the American people generally for behaving “like teen-age kids” because we as a nation are not curbing our energy usage to a degree satisfactory to the energy czar. Given the problems with education basics in the U.S., that indeed is an unkind cut. But then again, all this has little to do with education and everything to do with a social policy agenda.

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Fara McCrady

September 28th, 2009
7:55 am

This is more ’smoke and mirrors’ from the Obama administration. Instead of addressing real educational issues, our children are used as pawns in the promotion of a political agenda. Another example is Obama’s initiative to better educate our children by keeping them in school longer. If improving education is his true goal, this can be done (in a cost effective way) by increasing the amount of time spent on core subjects. Almost half of the typical school day is spent on nonacademic subjects (e.g., Art, PE, and Music). We should offer these subjects as extracurriculars and focus more on academics IFthe real issue in improving academic performance.

joe matarotz

September 28th, 2009
8:55 am

Oh mighty Bobolink, where can we find a list of the schools that have been visited and exactly who has done the visiting? Wo are the other Obama aides who are conducting these visits and how are the visits being funded? Which Georgia schools have been visited?

Instead of worrying about a nattering nabob telling kids to conserve energy (like that’s a bad thing), maybe we should worry about our own state education system which focuses on teaching students how to pass standardized tests instead of teaching them actual subjects. And if your reader doesn’t believe it, I would advise him or her to visit any Georgia school and ask the teachers if it’s true.

Joyce McArthur

September 28th, 2009
8:59 am

The dates you cite (after Katrina, 2006) were long before this administration existed. Who was in charge then? Why were these children failing and dropping out? This isn’t a new problem, so why wasn’t something done sooner?
I have two boys in college who consistently scored in the 99th percentile on the high school tests and continue to excel in highly rated universities here in Georgia (Emory and Southern Polytechnic). They went to public schools, elementary through high school. Can it be that the fault is with the parents who don’t value education? It wasn’t President Obama’s responsibility in 2006 to be sure my son graduated with honors, so was it George Bush’s?

Mr. Barr, let’s look at this another way, shall we? Perhaps awareness of ‘climate change’ will inspire some teenagers to think more about careers in science, thus giving meaning to their math classes and biology labs. Perhaps learning how the census affects social issues and economics will inspire some to pay real attention in government and social studies classes.
Teenagers CAN learn – and are happy to, given the impetus. When parents abdicate their responsibility to their kids in social and educational growth, our nation’s teachers have to try to make up for the family’s failings. Place the blame where it belongs, Mr. Barr. Let’s see these parents step up to the plate, and take action for their own childrens’ future.

Joan

September 28th, 2009
9:01 am

We have been focusing more on political correctness, green initiatives, celebrity worship and just an “anything goes” attitude and children are undisciplined at home, and cannot be disciplined at school, and so we have a generation of mindless monsters coming along. This country is in very serious trouble.

Xavier

September 28th, 2009
9:11 am

Well said, Bob!

Jackie

September 28th, 2009
9:35 am

President Obama is the political leader of the country.
Mother and Father are in charge at home; wonder who has responsibility for the well-being of their children?

jconservative

September 28th, 2009
9:52 am

In Georgia we spend billions of dollars on classrooms. Then we let them sit vacant the majority of the day. Then we let them sit vacant 2 months every summer. Why would anyone be surprised American kids score low on tests? They are ignorant because we do not educate them.

David Weiner

September 28th, 2009
10:02 am

Enter your comments here Dear Mr. Barr: I am an avid reader of your opinion column. Most of the time your column reflects what I sincerely feel about government intrusion into our lives, but I must respectfully disagree with you on the “agenda” of the present administration re our school children. With the abdication of parental responsibility on the rise, and the psuedo-education foisted on the young by so-call home schoolers, who but the government (local, state and national) has the resources necessary to teach. As an early adherent of libertarian political thought, I feel that any and all pernicious involvment by the government is detrimental. This, of course, includes such entitlements as Social Security (you should only be able to draw exactly what you have contributed and no more), Medicare (why should the government supply low or no cost medical care to anyone, let alone a huge and growing special interest group like seniors?), flood relief (why should the government be responsible for acts of God and nature?) When supposed libertarians, fair taxers, and others apply rigorous critical honesty to ALL questions, then maybe this country will stop whining about the big, bad government, take a good long look around at all the government provides, and finally stop arguing talking points and begin a true dispassionate discussion of the social ills that plague us and take the steps to correct them. Thank you for your time.

booger

September 28th, 2009
10:04 am

The Obama formula.

1] create an agenda.
2] create a crisis which fits the agenda.
3] sell, sell, sell.

Ren Davis

September 28th, 2009
10:24 am

Enter your comments here
I just read Bob Barr’s Opinion piece “kid’s are ‘green’ but can’t spell it” in the Monday AJC. Mr. Barr criticizes the state of education in America by noting that many students cannot spell or use proper grammar. Remarkable, Mr. Barr makes three major grammatical mistakes in the same sentence. He states, “The amount of grammar and usage error’s today is astounding. Not to mention spelling. If I was a teacher I’d feel badly that less and less students seem to understand the basic principals of good writing.”
Mistake 1: “Error’s” is not possessive in this context. It should be ‘errors’.
Mistake 2: “less and less students” The proper term when you can quantify [count] the amount is “fewer and fewer.”
Mistake 3: ‘don’t understand the basic ‘principals’ of good writing. The proper term in this context is “principles”
Was Mr. Barr trying to model bad grammar to see if anyone was paying attention? Or will he blame his poor grammar on bad copyediting by the AJC?

booger

September 28th, 2009
10:33 am

Ren,

You didn’t read the article very closely. The errors you describe are in the paragraph which Bob used as an example of how poorly students write.

Chris Broe

September 28th, 2009
10:35 am

All those gerunds, Bob! I like the way the high school student began the paragraph (and ended it) with the word, “duh”, exactly the way you do. At least you’re being read, (and copied), Bob. Of course “duh” doesn’t actually appear in your piece, Bob, but it’s implied by your arguments, syntactical choices, and imitative syntax (Insert the gerund “hacking” here). Think of the word “duh” like a silent G or J. It’s there, Bob.

Oh, it’s there.

C+

M Anthony

September 28th, 2009
10:57 am

Interesting how Bob is taking to task the new administration for the plight of education. I don’t remember Bob and his past party affliates doing anything in the state of Georgia that improve education. Bob’s platform was guns and law and order if I remember. Now the current President is responsible for the status of education. Heck the morons had a problem with the man giving a speech to schools which encouraged the kids to do well in school and make sure they did their homework. My parents took first responsibility for setting standards for myself and six siblings when it came to education. When there was a gas shortage, the repubtard governor here cancelled days of school as a first resort. Bob should try placing the blame other than on a man that has been in office almost ten months. Look at whose policy has been around for the previous eight years.

Fang1944

September 28th, 2009
11:09 am

“The amount of grammer and usage error’s today is astounding. Not to mention spelling. If I was a teacher, I’d feel badly that less and less students seem to understand the basic principals of good writing. Neither the oldest high school students nor the youngest kindergartner know proper usage. A student often thinks they can depend on word processing programs to correct they’re errors. Know way!*”

Ten grammatical errors.

Chris Salzmann

September 28th, 2009
11:12 am

Joan September 28th, 2009 9:01 am SAID: We have been focusing more on political correctness, green initiatives, celebrity worship and just an “anything goes” attitude and children are undisciplined at home, and cannot be disciplined at school, and so we have a generation of mindless monsters coming along. This country is in very serious trouble.

CHRIS SAYS: Perhaps you didn’t read one of the main stories coming out of the AJC today about your concerns:

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/more-school-obama-would-148652.html

Our school children suffer from a lack of focus and sub-standard curriculum. In Georgia for example, we’re more concerned about putting disclaimer stickers in science notebooks so as not to offend fundamentalists than our children getting an actual education.

A friend of mine from India, who recently moved here told me that he was shocked at the low standard of education in this country and the low expectations here in US schools. In India, children learn multiplication and long division in the 3rd grade, Algebra is introduced in the 5th grade, Geometry in the 7th grade and Chemistry and Physics in the 9th grade. That’s in addition to Social Studies and English that are taught from the 1st grade. His two kids who just started in the 8th and 10th grade here, according to him, are academically 2-3 grades ahead of their classmates. And this guy comes from what we consider to be the 3rd world? No wonder this nation is getting stupider with each passing year.

clyde

September 28th, 2009
11:16 am

There are some jobs out there that require a vast knowledge of the English language.Fortunately I’ve never worked at or even near one.I’ve probably split an infinitive or two in my time and maybe even dangled a few participles.I can tell you this ,though;in the world where I worked,your language skills were not needed.

Robin

September 28th, 2009
11:27 am

**Ren**

Um, I believe you may have trouble reading and comprehending content. Please re-read CAREFULLY the blog. Hopefully, you will see the error of your comment.

jeeze.

KH

September 28th, 2009
11:56 am

Bob,
The “randomly selected” paper is actually a creation of Rob Kyff (Wordguy@aol.com) from his column in the San Jose Mercury News (referenced by many from http://instruct.westvalley.edu/lafave/writsamp0.htm). I did not find a link to the original article, so I could not get the full context, but I would assume that this was either a colletion of student errors, or possibly, just an illustration of a set of errors. Either way, this is in “Know Way” an “excerpt from a randomly selected high school student’s paper, pulled off the Internet.”

Please correct your (inadvertant?) plagerism.

Peter

September 28th, 2009
12:03 pm

Keep them dumb has been the agenda for the last 8 years……. Republican’s like it that way………

As Bush had said…”Mission Accomplished” !

Made up War’s…..Cost plus contracts, corporate bailouts are the agenda, along with Fish Farms……… Education in not that important……. look at the spending, that tells the story !

Anyone thinking Green energy is not the way of the future, has that same education deficiency !

You make me wish I were never born

September 28th, 2009
12:36 pm

Is it the president’s job to educate the students directly? What the hell are you talking about? You took two unrelated issues: climate change and education and acted as if they were exclusive options for the president to pursue. Your argument is unintelligible. Climate change is serious.

Cutty

September 28th, 2009
12:53 pm

Guess your column speaks more to the state and local governments in charge of our education, than it does Obama. Of course, Jawja ranks near the top in most the categories in which you speak, as states go (sarcasm).

Ms. Brown

September 28th, 2009
12:59 pm

I am a teacher in the public school system and I can not tell you just how little time there is to “teach” the core subjects in which most of my students are extremely below their grade level. Between the itinerants, special services, band, chorus, and strings class, I am left with very little time to teach and assess individual progress. Also, at the beginning of every year, the district strongly encourages the teachers to review everyday for the NECAP testing that happens in October. We are suppose to review material from the previous grade and go over test taking skills. Sadly, as I already stated, most students are so far below their grade level that most of the reviewing doesn’t do any justice.
As a teacher, what needs to be done is we need to stop putting so many students in one class. We also need to get back to teaching and be allowed to hold students accountable for their lack of effort and poor behavior. Parents should be involved and held accountable to be part of their children’s education.
They say “No Child Left Behind” and it should be “Not One Child Left Behind, but A Million Children Left Behind!”
About the way students speak, I have to make at least 20 corrects of basic words everyday. The students say these words because they hear it at home and in their society. Their parents are also a productive of our public school educational system.

In addition to correcting the everyday structure in our classrooms, we need to get back to basics and help inspire students to be compassionate toward others and learn how to cope with life’s difficulties. For some students, they spend more time with people at school than they do at home.
Check out my blog for some inspiring stories.

http://inspirationalstoriesintheclassroom.blogspot.com/

Ms. Brown

September 28th, 2009
1:00 pm

Just correct my email address. Thanks

Ms. Brown

September 28th, 2009
1:01 pm

correcting- sorry

Faye

September 28th, 2009
1:09 pm

The number one problem in school now is discipline . Teachers cannot discipline children and maintain the classrooms for learning. When I visit my children’s classroom I am applauded on the attitudes of the children and teachers. When I brought this to the teachers attention she stated she’s tired. Tired of trying to make certain unruly students behave. She sends them to the office and they are back worst than before. She has had parents come in an threaten her about “picking on their son/daughter”. She states she has been a teacher for over twenty-five years and the last 6-7 years has been the worst for children not coming to class but to start trouble. Why can schools not go back to punishing the children, is a paddling going to hurt a child. If so, why can’t the parent take responsible for the child’s discipline problem. One form of punishment, instead of suspension, make the parent come to school and have in school suspension in the class with their child.
Has anyone ever done a study of how much time is pulled away from class work to discipline a child in an average school day, week, year! This effects all the children.

Peter

September 28th, 2009
1:15 pm

Ms. Brown……….. Thank you for this statement !

As a teacher, what needs to be done is we need to stop putting so many students in one class. We also need to get back to teaching and be allowed to hold students accountable for their lack of effort and poor behavior. Parents should be involved and held accountable to be part of their children’s education.

The real problem is actually the leaders of America, starting with the President, Congress, and heads of Big Business………. has not been held accountable for their actions……and have taught ALL, that having a Law degree…….twisting “Words” and coming up with excuses, is easier than doing the “Right Thing” !

And Of course …..MORE PROFITABLE ! For instance the Iraq War !

Ms. Brown

September 28th, 2009
1:23 pm

To Faye,

I can speak for myself as a teacher. In my class there are four factors that take away from the amount of time spent on teaching:
1. itinerants (and special services)
2. Students’ lack of being at grade level academically
3. Students’ inability to “LISTEN” & “PAY ATTENTION”
4. Student behavior

In my class if a student disruptes the learning of his/her peers they are held accountable.
About the amount of time wasted on disciplining students, it is probably just as much as what is wasted on getting the students’ attention. Sometimes I think I should dress up like an electronic device with blinking lights to keep some of my student’s attention. I am pretty energetic and have a lot of peer or small group work so it is not “teacher” oriented but more “student” oriented. Sadly, this is not enough for some that are so over stimulated and can’t stay focused.
Lastly, I have noticed that something as basic as common sense/logic is really lacking for a lot of students. Not sure why, but it makes my job very difficult.

Chris Salzmann

September 28th, 2009
1:33 pm

Cutty September 28th, 2009 12:53 pm SAID: Guess your column speaks more to the state and local governments in charge of our education, than it does Obama.

CHRIS SAYS: Excellent point.

Ms. Brown

September 28th, 2009
1:34 pm

To Peter,

I am the biggest fan of “Doing the Right Thing!”

It is what needs to change from the top to the bottom and from the bottom up. You’re right if the goverment and the large business that run this country aren’t held accountable or don’t do what’s right, then how will our children?!
The state test that is used in my school is owned by a company based in Texas. They get paid to make it and correct it. Wasn’t it our last president that made this testing and No Child Left Behind what it is today and isn’t he from the same place?!
It is the government that needs to put more money into education because without more available classrooms we have to keep putting too many students in each one. How can 30 first grades learn to read or learn basic math operations with just one teacher? I teach 6th grade and I have students with a second grade reading level and students that don’t know their multiplication facts without skip counting. But they keep getting passed on year by year. Who should be held accountable for this?

Hillbilly Deluxe

September 28th, 2009
2:02 pm

I’d feel badly that less and less students seem to understand the basic principals of good writing.

Shouldn’t that be “fewer and fewer”?

Peter

September 28th, 2009
2:11 pm

Ms. Brown…

Sonny Perdue should be held accountable for kids NOT being able to read that the level they are in…..the buck should stop with him on all the stuff going wrong or correct in this state……

BUT as we all know……Fish farms, and his personal wealth, which has double since he has been the Governor, is way more important than education.

There is not one new Reservoir in the making by his doing….. BUT…. He prays for rain……now he lost the court battle about Lake Lanier drinking water…..what is he going to do next ?

NOTHING…… he has done zero……..Transportation is a mess….what has he done NOTHING…….

The Republican Mantra is ………” ALL ABOUT ME ” !

Wait until the state gets sued again because of the flooding and ecol i in the Chattahoochee……what is he going to do……. NOTHING…….!!!!!

I can’t think of a positive thing he has done to benefit Georgia since he has taken over…..Can you ?

Mitchell

September 28th, 2009
3:31 pm

Enter your comments hereWe all need to take a few steps back and look at education for the results and not so much the process. When I was a kid an “educated” person had mastered Latin and maybe another foreign languate. The women then went off to finishing school (whatever that was) and the young men went to the University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. You could also receive eduation at William and Mary, The Univerisyt of Richmond or any number of small colleges. Everyone was encouraged to attend school at least through seventh grade.
These are the people who turned the world on its ear by mobilizing for,
and winning World War 11.
It was also during this period that Latin was dropped as it did not address any of the countries needs. Of course doctors and certain clergy used Latin but this was a very small percentage of the population.
We now teach math and science to everyone whether they need it or not. My guess is that five percent of our students will use Calculus some day in their careers. So much time spent on interesting but mostly useless study and so little on every day needs.

Peter

September 28th, 2009
3:44 pm

Hey Mitchell……….. Excellent thoughts about being taught useless education……..

“My guess is that five percent of our students will use Calculus some day in their careers. So much time spent on interesting but mostly useless study and so little on every day needs.”

I have always thought a course on banking……… such as keeping a check book, savings, and paying bills, would be a great teach.

The course should include money management as well. Simple stuff like rent, utility bills, health insurance costs, car payments, car insurance, money for new tires, oil changes, food costs, ….etc.

Perhaps if kids had a real idea what bounded checks cost, and how it effects everyday life, that could save allot of head aches !

If kids understood why savings is important, and the fact rainy days do come, and the money is suppose to be there for that purpose, and not just for fun……….. American’s would be better off.

All things allot of adults continue to struggle with !

Seems like American’s don’t or won’t save, even though most American’s do have that luxury!

Any financial planner will ask you first if you have 6 months bills saved in case of emergency…….. why can’t that, along with sound money principals be taught in High school ?

I guess maybe because the likes of George Bush asked you to get your government rebate check and spend it…..and not save, so his economy would not go down the tubes as it did !

StevenCee

September 28th, 2009
5:35 pm

Bob, while I’ve agreed with many of your recent editorials, this one just lands with a big THUD. Now really, do you honestly expect cabinet members to travel to a school, only to speak to them, much less “teach them” about math, science, writing, grammar, etc? That would be a huge waste of everyone’s time!

For the Energy Secretary to speak to kids about going Green, or Green Energy, is equivalent to Pres. Kennedy mandating we land on the Moon within 10years! We want those in the highest positions to set the bar & inspire these kids to WANT to learn their math, science, etc.!!!

The jobs of now & into the future, will be in NEW & INNOVATIVE areas, like Green Energy! If we don’t move forward, we will be falling further & further behind! If they see no use for their schooling, nobody is going to “teach them” to!

C Abraham

September 28th, 2009
8:35 pm

The article appears politicized. Secretaries of govt. coming to schools is not a bad thing. Getting to understand policy of the country is very good from a broader perspective. However, why should it be at the cost of other student learning or activities. Just because a student understands agriculture, commerce, defense, homeland security, housing and urban development, and even the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it does not mean it cannot do well in Math and Science. There simply is no commitment in the system towards the performance of the student. The system expects a particular result…. but, the effort to achieve it is not focused towards that end. Too much of effort is wasted in administrative and non-result oriented effort. If the focus is science and Math… then concentrate on that. Don’t fritter away energies on meaningless steps and processes. Then, results are sure to follow. Identify activities and areas for teachers to enhance student performance. Relieve them of unwanted discipline and behavioral processes that will waste teaching time. Discipline and behavioral issues should be handled or processed by administrative staff, supervisors and the Principal. Then teachers will be free to fully commit their time and energy towards student performance, learning and achievement.

Pittsburgh Al

September 28th, 2009
10:33 pm

Enter your comments here
Mr. Barr you write a very biased column about an Administration you just don’t like. Obama has a lot of problems on his plate and clearly education is one of them. But neither he or his Administration has anything to do with the current state of affairs. The “No Child Left Behind” has been an utter failure. Quite frankly though, I’m not sure what can be done. The solution starts with parents who either have little education themselves and don’t care or have completely lost control of their children. How do we legislate better parenting? Are we going to fine all parents whose children fail of drop out. Or better yet maybe we should throw them in jail. The reality is we cannot give up, but this problem goes back decades if not generations and resolving it is another of the many near IMPOSSIBLE issues that need solutions. Pointing fingers is childish and worthless. Good ideas are what is needed. Does anyone have any???

KidsRpeople2

September 28th, 2009
11:09 pm

Progressive school boards and state legislatures recognize that Physical/Corporal Punishment of Children in Schools is falling out of favor worldwide and have banned paddling, opting to train educators in and implement proven more effective school-wide positive behavior support discipline methods. Corporal Punishment of Children in Schools is an outmoded, ineffective and dangerous practice that has been banned in more than l00 countries. It puts school districts at risk for lawsuits for paddling injuries, which is the main reason many districts already have abandoned it.
Research indicates that spanking lowers children’s IQ’s. Research on toddlers and other studies following children into adolescence found Physical Punishment was BAD FOR CHILDREN and made them more likely to show anti-social behavior. Children who were exposed to physical discipline most frequently were two to three times more likely to show anti-social behavior as an adolescent, including things like getting into fights, being disobedient at home or at school, general delinquency and being in trouble with teachers. Violence begets violence is a lesson from history not just child psychology.” Over 50 National Children’s Health and Safety Organizations are OPPOSED to School Corporal Punishment including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Bar Association, the National PTA (Parent Teacher Association), National Education Association, among others. There are positive, nonviolent approaches to school discipline that have been proven to lead to safe environments in which children can learn. Positive behavioral supports teach children why what they did was wrong and gives them the tools necessary to improve their behavior. The staff in our schools must be trained on how to discipline children effectively and humanely.
Physical Punishment of schoolchildren is NOT Education’s “Best Practice” as it is ILLEGAL in 30 STATES. U.S. Congress is holding hearings on Abusive and DEADLY practices in SCHOOLS and MUST ABOLISH Physical/Corporal Punishment Nationwide of ALL Children in ALL Schools, The Cost is $0. Pushing for anything less than an outright ban on all forms of classroom abuse reveals a gap in the administration’s professed commitment to making schools better, safer, and stronger.

Shaneneeee Faneneeeeeee

September 29th, 2009
12:49 am

We have so little going on in this country our President is worried about getting the Olympics oddly enough where he was a Senator and probably some of his friends will benefit from this. Go get em Obama, that is a top priority. ????????????

bob

September 29th, 2009
8:56 am

Peter, Sonny Perdue is responsible for his kids learning to read, not yours or anyone elses, just his.
Geaorgia has always ranked low in education and Sonny had nothing to do with it. An article listing the top 25 public schools was run recently in the ACJ, 8/25/09. It had 6 schools in Fulton County with an average SAT over the national average of 1509. Look at some other Fulton County schools that were not even close and ask, why would schools that are close to being equally funded have such a wide gap in scores ? According to Peter, it’s Sonny Perdue’s fault, but in reality it’s the parents fault.

Jefferson

September 29th, 2009
12:24 pm

Why not just give a “F” when a “F” is earned? When you start accepting mediocrity we become 2nd rate.

Disappointed

September 30th, 2009
8:11 am

Let me get this straight Bob Barr. The Secretary of Energy is talking to school kids about climate change and this is bad because kids have bigger problems in school. The Census Bureau is talking to kids about the importance of the 10-year census and this is bad because students should be reading the Bill of Rights instead. I used to think this type of writing was beneath you. You discredit yourself with these absurd arguements.

Tom James

October 2nd, 2009
5:26 pm

With the new age of the technology, teachers and parents should teach our children more about the reality that our country is living, taking class curriculum teachers must show the problems of the country … the problem starts not only at home but also from k 12 instruction

Patricia Shannon

October 5th, 2009
11:22 pm

It’s hard to know how to have a dialog with someone who thinks grammar is more important than mass devastation and death. However, you do make me feel better about the possibility that the human race may become extinct.