Essay on Business Knowledge

885 Words Oct 4th, 2014 4 Pages
Barack Obama took a strongly progressive stance for public education and for teachers, and against publicly-funded vouchers to pay for private school education, in this July 5, 2007 speech. Obama's remarks included a number of controversial proposals, including immediate, across-the-board pay raises for teachers, and redesign of standardized tests to support learning, not punishment of teachers. While Obama proposed to fix the many substantial problems of the No Child Left behind Act, he also slammed its shortcomings, and remarked, don't tell us that the only way to teach a child is to spend too much of the year preparing him to fill in a few bubbles on a standardized test. Over the last few years, I've been
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And I believe it's time we put that work at the center of our politics once more. We have never been a "these kids" country. From the earliest days of our founding, we have believed in Thomas Jefferson's declaration that “talent and virtue, needed in a free society, should be educated regardless of wealth, birth or other accidental condition. It is this belief that led our country to set up the first free public schools in small New England towns.

It's a promise we kept as we moved from a nation of farms to factories and created a system of public high schools so that everyone had the chance to succeed in the new economy; one we expanded after World War II, when we sent over two million returning heroes to college on the GI Bill, And even when America fell short of this ideal and forced Linda Brown to walk miles to a dilapidated Topeka school because of the color of her skin; even then, ordinary people marched and bled, they took to the streets and fought in the courts until the arrival of nine little children at a Little Rock school made real the decision that in America, separate could never be equal, And no matter what the Supreme Court said last week, that's still true today. The ideal of a public education has always been at the heart of the American promise. It's why we are committed to fixing and improving our public schools instead of abandoning them and passing out vouchers, and because in America, it's the promise of a

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