American Thinker: Obama's Rathole Moment
Here is an interesting take on the President's "Sputnik Moment". I agree that as long as we keep spreading the money far and wide or school systems will continue to fail because we are looking to raise all boats 1% vice a focused approach which would propel a much smaller group to higher heights. I know this sound bad, but it is true. If you divide the billions of dollars across all children then you might see minimal improvement, but target it to the kids that have already shown the ability to learn and then you might help produce a couple of super 100lb brains that might get us out of the mess we are in. I am not saying throw the rest of the kids to the wolves, but rather let's focus some much needed attention on the best and brightest.
I also think that we need to have other avenues available for kids that don't learn as well in a book environment, such as trade schools with hands on learning. We have tons of electronic equipment that must be maintained and even updated, so why not train people to meet this need or advanced auto repair for the new car types or child care. Or any number of sorely lacking professions that don't require a college education, but need some training to do them well. Why keep pouring money down rat holes to raise test scores when there are people who would be happier and give back to society in far more productive ways if they were provided hands on training, vice daily bludgeoning with books.