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ERIC Number: EJ780982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
The Right Republican Strategy
Winston, David
Education Next, v8 n1 p61-65 Win 2008
In today's Information Age, the ability to process knowledge and out-innovate the competition separates economic winners from losers. Education is the new capital, and it gives that competitive edge. But by most measurements today, American schools get, at best, mediocre grades. In 2005, Achieve, Inc., a nonprofit, nonpartisan group concerned with preparing young people for work and college, released "Rising to the Challenge: Are High School Graduates Prepared for College and Work?" College professors polled said that approximately half of all incoming students at their schools were not prepared to handle college-level math and writing. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently gave this critical assessment of American education system: "Education spending has steadily increased and rafts of well-intentioned school reforms have come and gone. But student achievement has remained stagnant, and K-12 schools have stayed remarkably unchanged--preserving, as if in amber, the routines, culture, and operations of an obsolete 1930s manufacturing plant." Because education has become an intrinsic part of American life it may well have a decisive impact on the outcome of the 2008 presidential race, just as it did in 2000, the closest presidential election in recent history. Republicans have a significant opportunity in next year's election to win on the education issue by continuing their push for a reform-based education agenda and arguing against the idea that more money without real structural reform can fix the ills of the education system. They can make a persuasive case that they have been the agents of real change in the American schools. They should stick with the principles of the No Child Left Behind Act. The NCLB reauthorization debate will give Republicans an opportunity to contrast their approach of accountability, parental involvement, and targeted spending with the Democrats' traditional "show us the money" education policy. In addition, they should also argue thatdramatically improving American schools may require a tougher attitude toward failure on the part of parents, teachers, and taxpayers. Lastly, they should dispel the Democratic myth that education is underfunded, because the education debate ought to focus on what's really important--the need for dramatic education reform based on student outcomes. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001