"Either the kids are getting (more) stupid every year or something is wrong with the education system." -- education reformer Geoffrey Canada in "Waiting for Superman"
They're high-fiving at WEAC teachers union headquarters on Nob Hill, over at the Democrat(ic) party command center on King Street, at Fighting BobFest, and the Capital Times -- for Washington D.C.'s reforming mayor Adrian Fenty was defeated in the Democratic primary last week. Down with reformers!
Mayor Fenty is the one who hired schools superintendent Michelle Rhee whose tough-love reforms have improved student achievement in those benighted schools.
The year after [Rhee] arrived, Washington's schools had the greatest gains of any state in fourth-grade math and was one of only five states to show increases in math for both fourth and eighth grades. The high school graduation rate increased faster than in previous years. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education awarded D.C. one of its highly competitive Race to the Top grants. [Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund in The Root: 9-15-2010]
The same "progressive" opponents of education reform also celebrated Wisconsin's failure to win President Obama's Race to the Top grant money. "Race to the bathroom," Ed Garvey, D-Teachers Union, called it.
That is why Blaska's Blog is in a state of high anticipation for October 15, the day a game-changing (I predict) documentary comes to Madison. It is called "Waiting for Superman" by Davis Guggenheim, the man who produced both Barack Obama's filmed tribute at the 2008 Democratic national convention and Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth." (So you can't blame the tea party.)
The documentary movie makes the point that "Of 30 developed nations, America's school children are ranked 25th in math and 21st in science. "In almost every category we've fallen behind except one: kids from USA rank #1 in (self-) confidence."