“I’m not much of a reader,” I said, ashamed. “I never had much schoolin’.”
“But you can read, can’t you?”
“A mite ma’am.” I pushed back from the table. “I’m gettin’ up early. I better hit the hay.”
–Louis L’Amour, ‘Passin’ Through‘
Decider George needs to hit the books — or maybe charge head first into a complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica stacked end-to-end. Despite enormous wealth, the opportunity for advanced educational degrees, and receiving said degrees, Decider George acts, sounds and looks extremely ‘tarded.
He’s one of them childs left behind.
Most experts, i.e., people who spend way-too-much time concentrating on one single piece of shit, agree the US educational system sucks up a big one, but notwithstanding some plans posed from a variety of sources, from Time magazine to the NEA, there’s no fix. One third of US high school freshmen never graduate: In an age of technology, affluence and wealth in the US, that’s plain stupid. In California, high schools phased-out a great many of their shop courses, like auto mechanics, in the ’80s and ’90, only to shortly realize the move was educationally nearsighted and extremely dumb. And throwing money at it will only make the shit worse.
One option was offered in 2001 just after Decider George had taken the White House. The famous, highly-touted, so-empathetic-sounding No Child Left Behind program.
According to Wikipedia:
“The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), commonly known as NCLB, is a United States federal law that was passed in the House of Representatives on May 23, 2001 and signed on January 8, 2002, that reauthorized a number of federal programs aiming to improve the performance of U.S. primary and secondary schools by increasing the standards of accountability for states, school districts and schools, as well as providing parents more flexibility in choosing which schools their children will attend. Additionally, it promoted an increased focus on reading and re-authorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).
There’s been pro and con about the program. Mostly against it, except for the US Department of Education, Decider George’s lackey hole. A major contention: Data is supplied to the US Department of Defense for use in military recruiting. And most educators believe the damn thing just doesn’t work.
Now in 2007, No Child Left Behind comes up before Congress for re-authorization. And to promote passage of the program again, and to exemplify supposedly positive reports on it, Decider George decided to hold a photo-op to celebrate. In New York already with big-goings-on at the United Nations, he visited P.S. 76 Wednesday and before a bunch of kids, teachers, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, and watched by reporters, displayed the irony of someone gifted with an arrogant lack of intelligence could become leader of the whole freakin’ free world.
According the Reuters news agency, Decider George blubbered: “As yesterday’s report card shows, childrens do learn when the standards are high and the results are measured.”
The sonofabitch is consistent: Seven years ago he campaigned as the “education president” (of course, silly us, that was before becoming the “war president” and then evolving into “The Decider”) and in touting the virtues of a good education, he got a verb shoved up his ass by blubbering: “Is our children learning?”
Of course not. Neither are the grown ups who vote.
And of course, when the No Children Left Behind program was passed by the US House of Representatives in May 2001 — three months before the World Trade Center — Decider George and his entire adminstration didn’t give a shit whether any childrens were left behind, or even forgotten: Their hearts, minds and souls sought after one thing: Iraq.
Decider George’s first meeting with his National Security Council was on Jan. 30, 2001, and top of the agenda was Iraq and Saddam Hussein — that was seven months before the attacks –the NSC’s visit in the Oval office two days later concerned only Iraq, nothing else on the schedule. All this from former Education Secretary Paul O’Neill.
An insolence bred with incompetence leaves no room for real schoolin’.