“Countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow, and I refuse to let that happen on my watch.”

President Obama asked Congress to raise the educational budget by $1.35 billion.  He said, “Countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow, and I refuse to let that happen on my watch”  (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705359506/Obama-to-seek-135-billion-more-for-education.html).  Obama is setting up grant programs that provide increased funding to well performing schools districts.  he is judging schools based off of standardized test scores and encouraging more charter schools.

Personally, I almost never disagree with raises to educational funding.  In addition, as my previous posts show I think cities should become more reliant on charter schools.  Nevertheless, I still disagree with the way Obama is judging students’ progress, because he is evaluating teachers purely based on the students’ scores in standardized tests.  Since, it is difficult to judge so many schools he has become over reliant on test scores.  I would recommend generating other formulas for evaluating schools for this grant.  For example, maybe make an equation about college readiness.  This could incorporate the % of students who go to college and then their GPA their first year at college.

Anyways, I just found it interesting that we were talking about the educational budget increases of the late 1950s, so Americans could out do the Soviets.  Now, Americans are losing numerous jobs to other countries.  What better way to combat these job losses than more educational budget increases.  However, this time the raised budget will apply to all fields, instead of one specifically designed to help destroy commies.

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One Response to ““Countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow, and I refuse to let that happen on my watch.””

  1. theash22 Says:

    In your post you said “Obama is setting up grant programs that provide increased funding to well performing schools districts.” I think it is the school districts that are not performing as well that could benefit frommore funding. If well performing schools become better our country as whole does not become more educated.

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