Tonight, President Obama supported funding for early education, an initiative that is right on target to meet critical needs, alleviate poverty, and increase school success. However, he once again totally failed in his Race to the Top-like competition to "redesign high schools" focusing on STEM. What about the arts and social studies and literature? The problem with competitions, like RTTT, is that while they are cheap--Obama boasted that RTTT only cost 1 percent of federal funding to education--they by definition reward "winners" and leave everyone else--all other children and schools without. The key to raising all boats is a rising tide. Arne Duncan should not be Obama's Education Secretary--Diane Ravitch should be.
President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Speech