by Dr. Rich Swier
As some of you know Puma doesn't mince words, her comment about the article was simple and direct "Aren't our children worth more than this crap"
They are Puma, That;s why you and Sandra fight so hard for them,
The originianal link Puma sent required a membership to read the entire artcle, but I found it also posted on TEA Book, I'll use that link.
Dr. Swier's blog is an indication others have started to see what Sandra and others who have been watching have seen for a long time, Education Reform, in the form of Race To The Top is nothing more than an expensive power grab by Washington, that local tax payers end up paying for.. Unlike readers of Grumpy and Sandra's Grumpy Educators, Dr Swier may not yet realize there's some big money lobbying for the program, and how much the people behind the lobbying effort, Bill Gates and others stand to profit with semi monopolies should RTTT go fully into affect.
From what I've seen and read so far Dr Swier lives in Sarasota Florida, he's a retired Army Lt Colonel with a Doctorate in Education, and a vocal bipartisan critic of government stupidity on all levels who has attracted the attention of some of the far left hate groups.. His credentials seem solid to me
Florida Sells the Souls of Its Public School Students for $63 Each. Dr Rich Swier
Have you heard something about a national education initiative titled: Race to the Top (RTTT)? Well this initiative was created from whole cloth by President Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Just as Obamacare is a federal takeover of our health care system, RTTT is the federal takeover of our public education system.
The U.S. Department of Education created the Race to the Top program under the Stimulus Bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA) in early 2009. With a federal grant of $4.35 billion, Arne Duncan had a very large "carrot" to lure the states to enter into a competition for these funds in the name of "education reform".
Henry W. Burke and Donna Garner wrote a column in Education News titled, “The Race to the Top Scheme”. According to Henry and Donna:
“Let’s pose a question. If you wanted to ‘sell’ something that a number of people did not need, how would you do it? You might try setting up a contest where everyone competes for a significant financial prize. After all, Americans love to compete, especially when money goes to the winner.“This is exactly what Barack Obama and U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have done with Common Core Standards (CCS) and Race to the Top (RTTT),” say Henry and Donna.
Here are the contest details: The competitors are strapped for cash; the competitors must give up some of their prized possessions in order to qualify; and the game organizers do not announce all of the rules until the game is well underway. How fair does this sound?”
You can read the rest here
For over a year Sanda has been asking me where the Tea Party was. I'm not sure how many times she's asked "I'sn't keeping local control and fighting expensive expansion of Government what the TEA Party"s supposed to be all about?" At one point I told her she was more TEA Party than the TEA Party seems to be, I couldn't think of any other answer. Her comeback was are maybe they're just all Republicans.
BTW; You'r local legislator might like to see the last line of Dr, Swier's blog, that's what email's for.