kitchen table math, the sequel: Voices of School Choice

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Voices of School Choice

6 comments:

Tex said...

This is a powerful video.

Tex said...

"If there was any argument for vouchers, it was, 'Let's see if it works.' And if it does, whatever my preconception, you do what's best for kids."
Barack Obama, Feb. 13, 2008

Allison said...

And this on March 2:--QUESTION: On education, there's a provision in the omnibus spending bill that would sunset the D.C. voucher plan. And I'm wondering -- there's been a lot of publicity about this brother and sister pair at Sidwell who use their voucher money to -- to pay for tuition at the same school the president chose to send his children. I'm wondering if you could restate the president's opposition to the D.C. voucher plan and why he's...
(CROSSTALK)
GIBBS: Yes, I -- I would -- let me go -- I've not read the article today, if there was one. I think the...
QUESTION: Well, it's just about two kids who use their voucher money to go to Sidwell. I mean...
GIBBS: Right. I mean, I think -- right.
QUESTION: I mean -- I mean, and they would -- in other words, if they cut the voucher program, they couldn't go there.
GIBBS: Why are you even providing me the opportunity to be the middleman? I mean, again...
QUESTION: Well, could you just restate the president's position?
GIBBS: Well, I think the president has concerns about -- concerns about taking large amounts of funding out of the system to -- to address this, that the president obviously believes -- and I think you'll hear him talk about and has talked about -- the need for reform in our educational system, but -- but has not agreed with the program in the past. I'll see if there's anything to update on that.

Paul B said...

I've always had the belief that when you see something that just doesn't make sense, it's not because you're losing your senses, it's because your senses don't have all the information, or the info is not registering.

Why would the president's pronouncements seem to be so much in conflict with his actions? Well, he's not showing his hand very much, but he's dancin' with the one that 'brung him. Teacher's unions and the entire education establishment are getting paid back. Of course, he's not ever going to say that publicly but the proof is right their in front of our eyes.

If we try to judge politicians by our personal frames of reference, we're like gazelles trying to understand lions. Lions don't want to be good to gazelles, they want gazelles that taste good. They aren't interested in making the savannah a better place for all the little creatures, they're interested in their tummies.

Allison said...

Or, Paul, in simpler terms: he's a liar.

But his voting record and the acquaintances he kept didn't lie. Anyone confused by his actions to date ignored reality because they wanted to.

But the whole gazelle/lion thing? Even the phrasing of " judge politicians by personal frames of reference" only makes sense if you're already a liberal.

Paul B said...

Yup!

If you're having a 'political debate', you're playing liar's poker without the bills.

The whole election was a panderfest and people who didn't see it as such, think lions are cute and fuzzy creatures that spend their days looking out for them, anxious to share their kill.

A more educated populace would have seen it as hunting. The O's acquaintances would have been understood to be members of his pride.