Monday, May 31, 2004

Here's an interesting article (You may need to register) from Edweek, from the beginning of the month, about high stakes testing in other English speaking nations. I haven't read the whole thing yet, so I'll comment more later.

One typically hypocritical political point, though in the opening paragraphs is that the educational system in England was supposedly very decentralized up until the 1980's. Then Maggie Thatcher's people came in and almost nationalized the business.

Now, I realize that England isn't America and conservative doesn't exactly translate, but didn't the Iron Lady mesh her politics to a great deal with "The Greatest President Ever"? Didn't "The Greatest President Ever" constantly preach local control and states' rights, while meanwhile growing the federal government at an exponential level? Doesn't W continue to nationalize education here in America with NCLB.

Why do conservatives hate local control and states' rights so much?



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