Thursday, November 11, 2010

Race to the Top???

Obama's new program, Race to the Top, the intended replacement for the failed Bush program No Child Left Behind, has an interesting title. Race. To the Top.

The term 'race' implies a speedy competition among rivals to strive to be the best. What's the hurry? Who are the rivals? And what is to be done about those 'losers' who never reached 'The Best?' (After all, if you have not won the race, aren't you a non-winner?)

Regardless of how you feel about politicians believing they know what's best for school children's educational needs, the title Race to the Top is about as meaningless and unattainable as the phrase No Child Left Behind. (And don't get me started on that one. NO child? C'mon, that's pretty ambitious, wouldn't you say?)