Kennedy on NCLB (cartoon)

I hate bureaucrats who think they know what’s best for our children, without stepping one foot in a school. Here’s a cartoon from Susan Ohanian (at that paints US Education Secy. Margaret Spellings and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) as being those bureaucrats:

Kennedy and Spellings Perform the NCLB Two-Step

But dear Ted has a response to Pres. Bush’s NCLB press event a couple of days ago:



Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to remarks made by President Bush on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. President Bush met with Civil Rights leaders today to talk about the bill’s reauthorization.

Chairman Kennedy plans to introduce reauthorization language by the end of the month.

“It’s regrettable that the Bush Administration has made the renewal of the No Child Left Behind school reform law far more difficult by its failure to fully fund and implement it. The President is right that we must continue to hold schools accountable for results. But over the past five years of working with this law, we have learned more about what works and what does not work and we should take those lessons into account. While we press forward with school reform, practical changes to the law are needed to ensure that we do not lag in our commitment to helping every parent, teacher and child succeed.”

— Sen. Edward Kennedy
Press Release


Susan Ohanian has some thoughts on Mr. Kennedy’s “reauthorization language” (click here):

Ohanian Comment: Kennedy remains intransigent on NCLB because:

a) He believes in the carrot and stick theory of learning.

b) He is embedded in corporate control.

c) He thinks money IS the answer.

d) He can’t admit he made a mistake.

e) All of the above.

Words and phrases likely to top Kennedy’s “reauthorization language” and other Congressional Obfuscation


  • accountability
  • achievement gaps
  • all children
  • [develop better] assessments
  • bold
  • [reinforce our]commitment
  • competitive
  • data driven
  • fully fund
  • [knowledge-based] global economy/li>
  • highly qualified teacher
  • high standards
  • necessary knowledge and skills
  • pre-school through high school
  • reform
  • reward
  • rigor
  • science and math
  • science-based research
  • science-based instuction
  • science-based assessments
  • teacher effectiveness
  • technology
  • [don’t] turn back the clock
  • world-class standards
  • Words Unlikely to Appear in Congressional Reauthorization Language

  • autonomy
  • bliss
  • cooperation
  • democracy
  • enthusiasm
  • fun
  • generosity
  • heart
  • imagination
  • joy
  • kindness
  • laughter
  • meaning
  • neighborliness
  • optimism
  • pride
  • quirkiness
  • respect
  • spirit
  • tolerance
  • uniqueness
  • virtue
  • whimsy
  • Xanaduness
  • yumminess
  • zealE.C. 🙂


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