Race To The Top (Is it just another education flop)

14 Jan

Race To The Top Weblink

Last year, we set aside more than $4 billion to improve our schools — one of the largest investments in reform in our nation’s history. But we didn’t just hand this money out to states that wanted it; we challenged them to compete for it. And it’s the competitive nature of this initiative that we believe helps make it so effective. 

We laid out a few key criteria and said if you meet these tests, we’ll reward you by helping you reform your schools.  First, we encouraged states to adopt more challenging standards that will actually prepare our kids for college and their careers. We also encouraged schools to adopt better assessments — not just one-size-fits-all approaches — to measure what our kids know and what they’re able to do.

Second, we urged schools and school districts to make sure we have excellent principals leading our schools and great teachers leading our classes by promoting rigorous plans to develop and evaluate teachers and principals and by rewarding their success. 

Third, we urged states to use cutting-edge data systems to track a child’s progress throughout their academic career, and to link that child’s progress to their teachers so we know what’s working and what’s not working in the classroom. 

Fourth, we encouraged states to show a stronger commitment to turning around some of their lowest-performing schools. And even before states have received a single dime of taxpayer money, many of them have committed to instituting important reforms to better position themselves for a Race to the Top grant. Forty-eight states have now joined a nationwide partnership to develop a common set of rigorous, career-ready standards in reading and math. Wisconsin has enacted legislation permitting schools to link student achievement to the performance of teachers and principals. 

In Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee, California, we’ve seen changes in laws or policies to let public charter schools expand and succeed. These are public schools with more independence that are formed by teachers, parents, and community members. So by rewarding some of these states submitting applications today, by extending the Race to the Top for states, by launching a Race to the Top among school districts, and by applying the principles of Race to the Top to other federal programs, we’ll build on this success. We’re going to raise the bar for all our students and take bigger steps towards closing the achievement gap that denies so many students, especially black and Latino students, a fair shot at their dreams” President Obama

Wiki RTTT Article

So is this another flop program that will fail as No Child Left Behind did? I thought that Federal Government was going to take a step back. Leave education to the state and local levels. This seems to be a move in the opposite direction. Let’s see how the new congress handles everything. Will they continue to go over board with spending and only cut what they want.
Link To No Child Left Behind Pages

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2 Responses to “Race To The Top (Is it just another education flop)”

  1. Deborah Dills January 31, 2011 at 11:16 PM #

    It’s really ALL CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND. We are now educated our students to take tests. Here is TX it is all about the TASK Texas Assessment of Knowledge test, which the kids start preparing and practicing the test in December for the real exam in April. So the teachers aren’t really teaching anything because they are graded on how many of their students pass the test.

    Our children used to be taugh critical thinking, to make decisions, use their senses, test their values and use reasoning to come to a conclusion about a particular subject. Our kids were taught to think and now they are very appathetic about everything.

    Our teachers here in the US are some of the worst trained teachers as compared to countries like Japan, Israel, Germany, Spain, and Canada. As of now, our teachers are only following what the powerful teachers unions and superintendants want them to do. In the US, we spend three times what other countries spend per students, but get about one third the results. Our public schools are now nothing more than “babysitting” services.

    Lately, I’ve noticed kids getting off the school buses and they look worn out and beaten down. My youngest son had to be pulled out of his public school, twice. Once was because he was reading and comprehending at the 5th grade level-but was in the 9th grade. All the school would do is “modify” his work, but you can’t modify down to the 5th grade reading level without giving him another set of textbooks. It was like he was reading Greek. Totally lost.

    Then, at another high school, he was walking to his next class and because he was wearing a headcovering that Jews wear called a Yarmelke, he was attacked by several students known by the school and campus police to be in a gang. His jaw was broken and he had to have surgery. My son could never go back to public school and my husband and I homeschooled him. In fact, he learned more at home, one on one, than he ever did in the classroom.

    We as a nation, a once powerful nation ,are continually failing our children. We need to get rid of the powerful teacher’s unions, terrible teachers, and tenure.

    • nobullblogger February 1, 2011 at 4:03 AM #

      Yes we need a if you do good get paid good. If you are lousy get out mentality. Federal Government should step down as education moderators and give the power back to the parents. This is why my children attend a Private School.

      Thank You for your comment and I appreciate you reading my articles.

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