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Tea Party And Teachers' Union Make Strange Brew

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Tea Party And Teachers' Union Make Strange Brew


Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — The age-old tension between federal authority and states’ rights is back in a big way in this year’s presidential campaign, with Republican candidates taking the let-the-states-handle-it position on everything from environmental regulation to health-care reform.

Now President Barack Obama’s education policy, a rare bipartisan winner, may also be headed back to the states, which were collectively responsible in recent years for dumbing down standards, ignoring obvious failure and otherwise jeopardizing the whole future of the country.

Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter is a bestselling author and journalist who served as senior editor for Newsweek from 1983 to 2011. He is currently a lead columnist for Bloomberg View as well as a contributing correspondent to NBC News. Alter's 2010 book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One, reached #3 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

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  1. fedupjeff October 23, 2011

    It was encouraging to hear in one of the GOP debates the candidates all support to abolish or completely restructure the dept of education. We have allowed our government to change education over the decades into a very left-wing version of U.S. history full of multicultural, socialist, and class-war propaganda. Redefining the lessons with the intent to transform America into a socialist empire from a Constitutional Republic is what is happening. If not reversed this will ensure our children never possess what Americans learned/used to create this great experiment. Just like all the special interest laws that piggy-back on major congressional bills, a host of hidden objectives have been hitchhiked on our national drive for literacy. The axis of Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Soros/Frank with their Activists, progressive socialists & leftist supporters need children before they establish their identity, void of impediments for indoctrination. All with the design to embrace socialism with the direct intention of redefining many embedded systems and American ideologies. These unpatriotic unconstitutional objectives are met by infusing classroom studies with their ideologies. Its all ivy league created psychological manipulations designed to clash with traditional values, society’s moral foundation & social foundation to create a new identity in our children. State-led Common Core initiatives, like civics, is lost & history is put under English. Liberal extremism cannot move forward and redefine society’s moral, judicial, fiscal and political foundations/systems with traditional English and History being taught to our children. Even with all of this moving in to destroy America A growing portion of our unemployed youth are bright enough to understand America is now #16 in education, & #1 in spending for an education that focuses on political correctness/cultural diversity, & they are bright enough to know Obama’s 2012 campaign is busy working to split the nation with racism & debt. 98.4% of Conservatives & 91.6% of real American Liberals, not progressive leftists/socialists want to protect the historic sense of parental rights. That is sending a clear AMERICAN message that “we the people” do not want this change being forced upon us! http://parentalrights.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={9487B39D-DE5F-4650-82DB-68E7B240D11A}&DE=

  2. JamesWMcLeanJr October 23, 2011

    Remember when taxes were increased in order to consolidate funds to evenally share education dollars EQUALLY throughout the good ol USA.Then the Feds hooked controls on the distribution of monies. Do what they told you or you didn’t get your share. Time to get rid of big government and go back to raising the dumest kids in the world with the worst medical care. can you iminage Albany/Dougherty paying for local schools with their own tax base?

  3. lifetree October 23, 2011

    Enough with buzz words like “socialism” and “competition”. Public education goes back I guess to Jefferson. Yes, the Constitution states the general mandate is the federal responsibility and the states deal with specific laws. That said, one issue is to not have too much paperwork for teachers. Another is class size. Adding more standardized tests only added paper work and over standardization, hence the folly of No Child Left Behind. Moderation please. Let’s limit the standardized tests and class size. Smaller schools would be a plus, perhaps a state issue. A lot of the rest may become only hot air. Keep it simple stupid before “stupid” can be taken literally.

  4. demfemme October 23, 2011

    Just googled Finland, the # 1 education system in the world, and percentage of teachers unionized. About 95% of teachers there are in a union. So I doubt it is unionization.
    Rather it is the quality of candidates. Teachers in Finland are like rock stars or major league athletes here. Only the very best will do, thank you very much.


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