Thompson: Support Obama Anyway, Boomer Teachers
The question posed by Rick Hess in "How Romney Should Grade Obama on Education has an obvious answer: Romney should give Obama an A+.
The Obama education policy embodies the Bain Capital model of "churn." It has encouraged the mass dismissals of teachers as a part of a risky turnaround strategy where any amount of suffering by the majority is justified if a few innovations pay off.
In fact, President Obama praised the mass firing of teachers. The administration's School Improvement Grants have provided a fig leaf for driving Baby Boomers out of the profession to reduce salaries and benefits. Obama has created incentives for the privatization of public education and a fee for (so-called) student performance value system.
The fact that Romney still attacked the Obama education record in his Wednesday speech reminds us that Romney's agenda goes even further down the corporate line. That's why educators must support Obama's reelection despite our displeasure and misgivings. We cannot risk a Romney presidency where the destructive policies that President Obama has imposed on schools is extended to the entire nation's economy. - JT (@drjohnthompson) image via.