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  •  don't know enough yet (none)
    we have had govrnors who did a decent job in that position -- Madeline Kunin and Richard Riley come to mind.   The problem is not really the us DOE per se, although someone who understands the reality of classrooms (Vilsack's wife has been a teacher and he tried teaching w/o too much success) wold certainly be an improvement over Rod Paige and Spellings.

    But the issue of addressing our schools requires something much more.  We need a real national debate beyond the question of test scores.  I believe for what it is worth that this is potentially a winning issue for Dems who don't buy into the current rhetoric, which like that in WOT is designed to scare people (mainly into voting Republican).  

    Vilsack has asked education bloggers how he and other governors and candidates can address the issue of education in way that will work.  We have suggested telling stories that illustrate the point you want to make, and only then refer to statistics that might back up your position.

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 09:11:25 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, education is only a part (none)
      of the complex equation that displays what our society is aware of and what we value as a group.

      So that seems to be one of our major issues: we have conflicting interests in the "value" of education. And on top of that, we have a doofus in the WH who is really anti-education (certainly anti-thinking, and anti-comprehension) who refuses to read daily reports from his advisors unless they are condensed into "sound-bites."

      We also have a disengaged group of parents and other adults who expect the teachers to do it all. Respect for education has to be instilled at home, I suspect, and it requires an ongoing support from parental units, too.

      And that's not even addressing the issue that test scores often don't address learning or comprehension.

      "Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future." --Jimmy Carter

      by murasaki on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 10:11:19 AM PDT

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