I didn’t think President Obama would mention how New York students did horribly on this year’s state tests after his Common Core curriculum was implemented, and I was right. But he did have plenty to say about education. He also took the opportunity to bash Republicans and mix in his usual class warfare rhetoric. How many times have we heard him say “everybody gets a fair shake,” or “growing inequality”? He’s like a broken record. He also said that he’s “laying the foundation for a better economy.” Huh, five years in and he’s still laying the foundation?
But he was warmly received by the crowd, with the exception of a heckler. He seems to enjoy the fawning and adoration. Maybe that’s why he spends so much time on the road giving campaign speeches rather than working with Congress. I guess we should be grateful for his animosity towards the Congress, if he were to turn on the charm no doubt the GOP would completely roll over and give him everything he wants. He’ll just continue to work around them.
Anyway, here’s the video if you can stand it. The transcript from his Buffalo speech, which was pretty much the same, is here.
President Barack Obama today unveiled an ambitious new plan for the federal government to create a national rating system that will define what a good college is and financially reward or punish colleges depending on how they rank in the government’s system.
He said he intends to have the rating system in placed by the fall of 2015 and intends to work with Congress to enact legislation linking federal aid to colleges to the rating system.
As outlined by Obama, this rating system would look at essentially materialistic and financial characteristics of a college as opposed to intellectual and moral ones.