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Obama should be talking about his 2 Race To The Top programs -for education & for gas mileage - says NYT Friedman ow.ly/eF6Mb

Why Education Should Be in the Foreign Policy Debate via TFA @wendykopp ow.ly/eFmDl

Newark Teachers Union Embraces Performance Pay, Wins Peer Review - Working In These Times ow.ly/eFSZf

600 Texas School Districts Sue State For 'Unconstitutional' Funding huff.to/T7642A 

Another pitch for that New Yorker story about the honors student turned hitman, this time from @tanehisi ow.ly/eG3px

Why pointy headed moderates don't get politics -- and so often lose at them - Salon ow.ly/eFTgu

 

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Race to the Top, along with No Child Left Behind, imply that there is a single top that we all need to get to, a holy land sanctified by high test scores that in reality lead only a blessed few to positions from which to pass judgment on everyone else, and in particular on educators' plans to get all of the young into this envisioned promised land. And weighted student funding formulas, like those in dispute in Texas, imply that we should all enter the promised land together, and that citizens whose children are neither poor, nor English learners, nor underachieving minorities, but who could be distinguished by their hard work, are not entitled to equal educational funding for their children. Where is there any space for individual ambitions, hard work, or achievement in this evolution of American public education as a means to exetasecratic (those ruling by virtue of their examination success) social planners' visions?

The concepts of "Race to the Top" came to existence while during the recent election campaign; no doubt it is a million dollar competition program which left no child behind without education. Really these types of education policies are more concern to develop a modern society.

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