I Am Hopeful

I heard President Elect Obama deliver this speech on my way to teach a yoga class this afternoon.  As I drove and listened, I found myself talking to my radio.  Yes.  Yes.  Yes.  Accountability.  Raising the expectations of our schools, our teachers, our students and, praise the Goddess, our parents.  If I weren’t already a little in love with Barack Obama, this would clinch it for me.

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6 responses to “I Am Hopeful

  1. Obama’s education policies are, as yet, pretty much unknown. I don’t think Arne Duncan represents those as much as he represents Obama’s philosophy of finding people who understand the big picture and know how to pick the right people to do the real work. Duncan seems to be one of those kind of people, and that gives me some hope.

  2. Sounds GREAT except how can he make parents accountable? Students? Teachers already are and now will probably be more so.

    The Democrats are not going to do away with “no child left behind”, but rewrite it and “improve” it.

    How about fully funding education first. Getting rid of standardized tests and letting teachers teach the state standards that are pretty damn good?

    I would settle for that.
    Let me teach and stop crap.

  3. I love the man. I wish politicians realized the complexity of education as it relates to years of losing ground when parents and institutions promote the issue. It is not always schools or teachers; I suspect it has less to do with them than say poverty, racism, or sexism, or classism, etc…

  4. I’ll be anxious to see how things go, we got an email from NEA saying that Obama was looking for twice the funding for NCLB and a de-emphasizing of testing. They seemed to endorse Arne. Why are some of the edubloggers so against him?

  5. Wayfarer, it’s Duncan’s willingness to get the job done that I admire. I admittedly don’t know much about the man, but what I’ve heard pleases me. He sees what’s wrong and goes about fixing it. Of course, he could use a lesson in subjective and objective pronouns (don’t even THINK I didn’t catch that) but I’m willing to let it go if he can do on a national scale what he seems to have done in Chicago.

    TV, I don’t know how to make parents more accountable, but I’d sure as hell like to see teachers stop being vilified and victimized by a system that EXPECTS teachers to behave as parent-by-proxy and then punishes them when they do. As a parent who DOES take my job seriously, I’m sick of being the exception rather than the rule.

    Carson, I’m not sure I could agree with you more. Education is a complex issue, and the talking that’s been done about it thus far has felt really insufficient to me. We’re not being genuine about our commitment to education – we SAY we are, but we consistently come up short in nearly every measurable area. We need to stop TALKING about valuing education and start actually, you know, VALUING it.

    Nancy, I wasn’t aware that a lot of edubloggers were against him; I posted this because I’d heard it live on NPR and found myself nodding and saying “YES!” to my radio the whole time (well, except for the subjective/objective gaff, anyway). I’m sure I’ll learn more as time passes. For now, though, I’m cautiously optimistic.

  6. I’d really love to see more money poured into research and development.

    That means honest-to-goodness professional development, not the pathetic excuses for training that schools typically provide. I’m not one to complain about how teachers are compensated, usually, but I work my tail off to be the best teacher I can, and I don’t have time or money to search out a program that’s actually useful, let alone the time or money to pay for further education (beyond studying at the library and Barnes & Noble and sharing stories and strategies online).

    Woo! That turned out a bit more rant-y than I anticipated when I began ;D

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