Obama: One of best anti-poverty programs is a world-class education.

Here is what President Obama said about education in his State of the Union address:

This year, we have broken through the stalemate between left and right by launching a national competition to improve our schools. The idea here is simple: instead of rewarding failure, we only reward success. Instead of funding the status quo, we only invest in reform – reform that raises student achievement, inspires students to excel in math and science, and turns around failing schools that steal the future of too many young Americans, from rural communities to inner-cities. In the 21st century, one of the best anti-poverty programs is a world-class education. In this country, the success of our children cannot depend more on where they live than their potential.

When we renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we will work with Congress to expand these reforms to all fifty states. Still, in this economy, a high school diploma no longer guarantees a good job. I urge the Senate to follow the House and pass a bill that will revitalize our community colleges, which are a career pathway to the children of so many working families.

To make college more affordable, this bill will finally end the unwarranted taxpayer-subsidies that go to banks for student loans. Instead, let’s take that money and give families a $10,000 tax credit for four years of college and increase Pell Grants.

And let’s tell another one million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only ten percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after twenty years – and forgiven after ten years if they choose a career in public service. Because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college. And it’s time for colleges and universities to get serious about cutting their own costs – because they too have a responsibility to help solve this problem.

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Drewbert

January 27th, 2010
10:28 pm

If he really believes that then why doesn’t he scrap that lousy Race to the Top program, study up on educational theory, and hire someone who actually knows something about education instead of Arne Duncan?

d

January 27th, 2010
10:43 pm

Amen Drewbert….. one positive note, though, about Obama and Duncan, for what it’s worth, they are talking to teachers unlike the previous President and Secretary of Education.

Carter is a Fool

January 27th, 2010
11:21 pm

Politicians don’t know crap about education. Just look at No Child Allowed to Succeed and it’s stupid mandates that judge a school a failure if one item is out whack such as one subgroup that did not score correctly on the standardized text. No Child Allowed to Succeed must be SCRAPPED. Race to the Top is like Ford’s WIN (Whip Inflation Now). A load of CRAP. Educrats and Politicians good for draining swamps and playing with Alligators.

retired

January 27th, 2010
11:21 pm

I do not like Duncan…..and the race to the top is all about paperwork….lets look at what has always worked…good teachers

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Richard D

January 27th, 2010
11:37 pm

Read Super-Freakanomics’ chapter on woman’s lib and the downfall of education and nursing. Never going to fix education without substantially increasing teacher’s pay. An oversimplified solution is to allow 20% more kids in the classrooms, fire 20% of the teachers, pay the remaining 25% more, and get strict about discipline. Put the unruly kids in a bare room and play video lectures of the material if their parents won’t keep them in line. Love, Richard D.

Ed Johnson

January 27th, 2010
11:39 pm

“… a national competition to improve our schools” says it all. The competition, by definition, is destructive in that some (few) schools MUST win and some (most) schools MUST lose. It is the granting of more success to the already successful. It is punishing the unsuccessful for being unsuccessful and of making the unsuccessful even more unsuccessful. Thankfully some states have opted to not engage the competition. Georgia, unfortnately, is not one of them.

Free Market Educator

January 27th, 2010
11:51 pm

Looks like it’s another race to the bottom for a third world education. I had hoped for some change.
Looks like the govt. wants a tithe from your paycheck for the Church of O.
Looks like the po folks get to be govt. slaves for 10 years jes so days can git a edjucashun.
Looks like Amerika is now the land of the free lunch, where all children never go broke.

Wounded Warrior

January 28th, 2010
12:07 am

If people could go bankrupt on student loans, then maybe more students would take a chance on education. I worked through college and also got paid via GI Bill instead of borrowing money. That is the problem. The Dept of Ed should be abolished along with the IRS…FAIR TAX RULES!!! If the gov’t would live on what it makes instead of spending what it doesn’t have…this country might turn around.

Let’s not forget that Carter established the dep’t of ed., and Obama is Carter, part 2.

Tired of It

January 28th, 2010
12:13 am

This whole administration is a joke along with Congress. Congress will switch come November. House will go back to the Republicans. 2012, new President will be elected. The Rock era President has been found out.

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PappyHappy

January 28th, 2010
5:26 am

Obama ‘TALKS’ a lot. I seriously do not believe he comprehends what he is saying. Will wait to see what Sec Duncan executes, but if we are waiting on Obama to deliver, hope we all have truck loads of “all day suckers”!!

Oldspartan

January 28th, 2010
6:17 am

hopefully, everyone can get their heads around that it is both the dems and republicans that brought us NCLB we need to replace all of them. Second, GA’s policital mindset is MONEY, get the MONEY and we will figure out how to play a shell game with the numbers later. GA’s state legislatures need to step away from “thank you sir, may i have more”. the federal govt couldnt even get cash for clunkers right and they are running/ruining public education

catlady

January 28th, 2010
7:37 am

Maybe for RttT we should pay parents for their students’ success. Teachers are doing all that they can, for less pay, than they ever did before, and parenting is really more important to guaranteeing student success. (A good parent can make up for a poor teacher; a good teacher cannot make up for a poor parent.) Instead of throwing billions away (to friends of Bush) like we did for Reading First, whose “success” was that teachers got more staff development (required to ge the grant) and schools spent more hours on reading (to the detriment of every other subject, but also required to get the grant), let’s focus the money on motivating parents to be parents to their child. The parents of high achieving students would be well-rewarded (and deserve it) and the parents of lower achieving students might get into the competition in order to have more money for beer, tobacco, dope, the lottery, getting their hair and nails done, video games, and all the other things that seem to get more of their time than parenting their child. Kids would then get the message that increased educational attainment leads to a better life! No bonus points for extra kids, however.

How refreshing it would be if the Secretary of Education were an educator!

Public School Parent

January 28th, 2010
7:53 am

I agree with what Obama says and I certainly hope he is listening to teachers. In Georgia I have yet to hear or read about innovative programs that succeed on a large, institutional level. I am sure if all schools had the money, resources, hand picked teachers and students as exist at schools such as the Ron Clark Academy, then all schools would be doing much better.

The reality is that the Cox/Purdue administrations have restricted any instructional innovation. Instead, Cox has forced a rigid curriculum and pedogogy on school systems that has crushed creativity and resulted in more “teaching to the test.” Allowing schools to expand class size by 20% or more is not an innovation- it is cramming more disruptive kids into one small classroom and telling the teacher to “differentiate.” Teachers no longer have the time to use those wonderful “teachable moments” because they are too busy giving pre tests or post tests or trying to complete a unit because some state or county instructional administrator said that everyone has to be on the same page on the same day.

retired

January 28th, 2010
8:18 am

Catlady..You are so correct!

tell it

January 28th, 2010
8:59 am

Don’t just focus on O, but remember who created the mess and who continues to perpetuate division among the ranks of party affiliations instead of attempting to help their long suffering constituents and supplying their needs.

tell it

January 28th, 2010
9:03 am

Where’s Purdue? Was it really a good decision to only take part of the stimulus. You didn’t hurt O, you hurt those you represent. Poor choice!

jim d

January 28th, 2010
9:42 am

Congressional term limits would do more for education than race to the top

what's right for kids???

January 28th, 2010
9:59 am

Is he really listening to teachers? Which teachers? I want to know.

Rank

January 28th, 2010
10:46 am

Drewbut

I think since GA is ranked 13 in education now that Secretary of Education position should have been offered to GA’s state superintendent Kathy Cox.

rmh

January 28th, 2010
10:52 am

Glad to see that someone else looks at the Ron Clark Academy without their rose colored glasses.

DeKalb Conservative

January 28th, 2010
10:56 am

Is anyone not seriously alarmed by Obama’s $10k college idea and the pay back rate at no higher than 10% of your income for 20 years if you go into the private sector, 10 years in the public sector?

Not everyone should be going to college. A well qualified college graduate will have a very hard time entering the work force because of competition among other college graduates with many many years experience, but have plateaued in their career paths.

jim d the squawking parrot

January 28th, 2010
10:56 am

The Supreme Court ruled that term limits were unconstitutional. What part of that ruling do you not understand???

Tony

January 28th, 2010
10:59 am

There is no doubt that a good education is a key to breaking the vicious cycles of poverty. One of the voices on this blog continually reminds us that unless we address student discipline, we will not have the kinds of breakthroughs needed that will raise all students to highere levels of performance. This blogger is correct.

One of the attributes of a school that is attractive to teachers relates to student discipline and the students’ aspirations to do well. High student achievement does not simply come from a one-sided equation where teachers and administrators do all the work. It comes from a balanced equation with a dynamic relationship between school and home.

The RttT process is nothing more than a gimmick to ensnare more states to do the bidding of the US Dept of Ed. Our state has blindly thrown their application into the mix with visions of millions of dollars in their eyes. I’m afraid that more damage will result in the schools of our state because of this mindless chase for money.

More and more, I have become firmly convinced that politicians have targeted the wrong things in education for repair. They routinely ignore research regarding student learning and focus on superficial things like test scores. While student achievement may be an important aspect to consider, there are other indicators of school performance that are more important. Parent satisfaction is one of them.

DeKalb Conservative

January 28th, 2010
11:11 am

Tony’s post says alot. Specifically it addresses the 900 lb gorilla in the room that people are afraid to point out, often because of potential labels that can be attached to them for doing so.

The best response that any person, Democrat, Republican, or Independent could have to recent education policy, including “No Child Left Behind” is the debut of “20% of Children Left Behind”
Alright, maybe “10% of Children Left Behind” as a bipartisan compromise.

Lets call a spade a spade

January 28th, 2010
11:49 am

“Specifically it addresses the 900 lb gorilla in the room that people are afraid to point out, often because of potential labels that can be attached to them for doing so.”

Spot on! But you are wrong about one thing; it has meta morphed into be a 2000 lb elephant!

jim d

January 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

squawking,

doesn’t mean it can not be changed now does it?

future stealer

January 28th, 2010
1:37 pm

“Instead of funding the status quo, we only invest in reform, reform that raises student achievement, inspires students to excel in math and science, and turns around failing schools that steal the future of too many young Americans, from rural communities to the inner city.” -Obama

Yes, it’s the schools that “steal the future.” Not their drug addicted parents, or absent parents, or gangs, or poverty, or behavior excuses, or any of those other things. It’s those evil teachers.

future stealer

January 28th, 2010
1:40 pm

Instead of funding the status quo, we only invest in reform, reform that raises student achievement, inspires students to excel in math and science, and turns around failing schools that steal the future of too many young Americans, from rural communities to the inner city.”

Yes, it’s the schools that “steal the future.” Not their drug addicted parents, or absent parents, or gangs, or poverty, or behavior excuses, or any of those other things. It’s those evil teachers.

what's best for kids???

January 28th, 2010
4:39 pm

Kira Willis for State Superintendent!!!!!!!!!!!!

ScienceTeacher671

January 28th, 2010
7:06 pm

To expound on Tony’s point, the charter schools that are very successful with children in lower socioeconomic groups, such as the Ron Clark Academy and the KIPP schools, share two traits: very strict discipline, and mandatory parental involvement & support.

Actually, most successful private schools have the same traits.

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Tonya

January 30th, 2010
8:49 am

Racist attitudes persist in Georgia. That is why this state cannot move forward. That is why this country cannot move forward. Blacks and Latinos do not spend their time worrying about Whites and hating them because we have so many other important battles to fight. Georgians, accept the fact that you lost the Civil War and move on. Your racist attitudes are destroying this country. Not President Obama, but your attitudes. President Bush ruined this country, and he has not thought you all since he left office. He is enjoying his life. President Bush is elitist; if you are not rich he is not concerned about you because he is privileged. White people are running around here like they will suddenly prosper if Republicans gain control of Congress again. Far from the truth. You lost your jobs and houses under Republican watch. Get real and stop hating.

DAVID--AJC Truth Detector

January 30th, 2010
10:58 am

Ms. Prissy Pants……..Why are so many whiteCollar folks looking for work-???

CrystalLake

February 2nd, 2010
11:10 am

To improve education the “good ole buddy” hiring in the South…. MUST Stop. Too many Chiefs making BIG BUCKS that should be used to pay teachers and furnish classroom materials.