From the first time that a “world” ranking was introduced describing where each country stood in education, the United States of America was 1st. Then in November of 1979 something changed, President Jimmy Carter appoints Shirley Hufstedler, an attorney to boot, as the 1st Secretary of education.
Then President Ronald Reagan appointed Mr. Terrel Bell as his Secretary of Education…his job was to dismantle the Department of Education, thus leaving him out of a job. But, like every “good” politician Mr. Bell convinced President Reagan to let him “commission” a study of America’s educational system. Mind you, we are ranked #1 at the time of “A Nation at Risk” being released. Mr. Bell keeps his job until 1985…lucky America!
Including the appointment of Ms. Hufstedler, we are currently on our 9th Secretary of Education. We currently rank between 19th and 22nd in the world in education, and, we have spent $1.308 trillion, through fiscal year 2012, to get here. I do not know about most of you but I believe that that is a total waste of money.
We were #1 before Washington D.C. got involved and now, 33 years, 6 Presidents, 9 Secretaries of Education and $1,308,000,000,000.00 we rank 20th. What moronically inclined ignoramus thought that this was a good investment let alone good idea.
If it were the Eagles or the Phillies and they had won 10 consecutive titles without a GM, and using different players and coaches (State Education Depts., teachers and students), and one fine day the “owners” decide to give their friend a job as GM sports fans would start to wonder…what the hell.
Then if both teams started to lose a little more often than they did without the GM and the owner just paid the GM more money…that should fix it…everyone, with any common sense, would call the owners of those teams idiots. Yet here we are, being led by idiots, into the depths of the abyss.
Davis Guggenheim has directed many films, two films in particular, the Barack Obama commercial, where he was lauded for showing Barack in a way that everyone could see his “greatness”, the other “Waiting for Superman” where, as a liberal, he produced a documentary that showed the problem with the educational system is the 1. Unions and 2. Government…how dare he, what was he thinking?, and why did that man of “greatness” not see the folly of the Department of Education and the Teachers Unions?
We have all been sold a bill of goods. You want to help the children of this country? Do you want to better the educational system? Do you want to help save the Country’s finances? Do you Want to be #1 again? Fire the Secretary of Education, get the Unions out of the Schools, get the bureaucrats out of the classrooms and let the teachers and parents teach the children of this country.