November 15, 2011
LEAVING THEM BEHIND:Congress Backslides on School Reform: Thanks to a strange, harmful alliance between the tea party and the teachers unions. (KEVIN P. CHAVOUS, 11/15/11, WSJ)
A funny thing happened on the way to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the sweeping school-reform law better known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB): The debate over reauthorization has spawned a political alliance between the tea party and the teachers unions. These strange bedfellows have teamed up to push for turning teacher-evaluation standards over to the states--in other words, to turn back the clock on educational accountability.
On the right are tea party activists who want the federal government out of everything, including establishing teacher standards. On the left are teachers unions who bridle at the notion of anyone establishing enforceable teacher standards. And in the middle is another generation of American kids who are falling further and further behind their European and Asian counterparts.
It's hardly strange, since neither care about the sorts of kids the law helps.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2011 6:03 AM