Thursday, November 18, 2004

Out with the old...

I was thrilled, but not shocked, to find out that Bush's education secretary Rod Paige had stepped down. I'll be honest and say that I signed a petition asking him to resign after his comments equating the teachers' union with terrorists. (Later he apologized to teachers in general, but not to the union.)

Bush has now named his new secretary -- Margaret Spellings. There hasn't been too much said about her yet, but here's how she adds up with me so far:

1. Once adamantly turned down an offer for a date from Karl Rove (according to Rove himself). +20 points

2. NEA president gave her a small vote of confidence +10 points

3. Has never actually taught or run a school system -200 points. This is like a surgeon general who doesn't have an M.D. or an attorney general without a law degree!

As you can see, she's got a long way to go. She can start by realizing that there are three kinds of lies and as a result not put quite so much stock in a scantron's ability to measure learning (Although I will agree there needs to be accountability, I think there are better ways.) And she can follow up by getting us a little more money. Perhaps a few dollars to fix the paper towel holder that has been broken in the faculty bathroom since August??