Sunday, April 29, 2007

I guess "spare the rod, spoil the child" doesn't apply to Iraqi legislators

On Iraq:
President Bush will not support a war spending bill that punishes the Iraqi government for failing to meet benchmarks for progress, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.

On education:
Everyone would like to see "no child left behind." But NCLB is a "test and punish" law, not a school improvement plan. It uses achievement gaps to label schools as "failures" without providing the resources or strategies needed to eliminate them. Federal education policy should support public schools, not undermine them.

Although I suppose I should, in all fairness, point out that Bush decided that a different word was appropriate for NCLB:
President Bush, acknowledging public frustration over his No Child Left Behind Act, said Thursday the point of the law is not to punish schools that fall short, but to help them.

Bush suggested the White House and its allies must do a better job of explaining the goal of holding schools accountable.

Accountability, President Bush? If only you'd start applying that concept to your war in Iraq.

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