Our friend Rick Hess also offered his thoughts (pasted below this entry) on the Obama education speech earlier this week. Rick wasn't entirely optimistic. On one hand, he praised the fact that Obama "explicitly endorsed performance pay, (eventually) removing lousy teachers, and the need for more charterschools. All to the good, and none of it easy."
However, Rick was rather skeptical about some aspects--"the President sent up worrisome signals that he may champion faddish "21st century skills" pablum in lieu of strong content standards, was so vague on performance pay that the unions said they shared his vision, and remained silent on the effort of congressional Democrats to choke off the D.C. voucher program even as he touted the need for "innovation.""
To sum it up? "The president can give a great speech and his heart seems to be in the right place. But will his administration's actions match his handsome words? The speech gives cause for optimism; the early
signs, cause for skepticism. Classic Obama."
We've copied Rick's post from the National Review Online's The Corner since his thoughts are now buried about halfway down the page:
Edu-Reform . ....