Obama deserves top grades for the strategy, the initiative, and the commitment to openness. To be truly transformational, he must get agencies to make timely, accurate information available to the public in searchable and downloadable formats.
If you support Wikileaks, if you support transparency, accountability, or even just basic free speech, you should not be playing into the government's semantic game that presents itself as a victim, and Wikileaks as an attacker.
There may still be thousands of people employed today with the job title of "teacher" or "educator", but it is misleading to suggests that all, or even most, aspects of providing an education should, or could, be placed into the hands of these individuals.
An exchange between U.S. and German officials reveals a sad reality about the tangled web woven by the Bush administration -- and highlights how President Obama has kept the U.S. ensnared by that legacy.
Education seems to exist in a universe outside of traditional nonprofit and private sectors. As a result, we see people with passion, but without the business savvy to build super efficient environments.
Klein, Rhee, and many other "reformers" demand a common mindset from their teachers and principals. They do not seem to understand that we need all types of personalities and teaching styles to serve the great diversity of American children.
Many educators view Black's appointment as a perpetuation of the trend to manage large school systems via a business model. This tactic is met with contention because corporate objectives are starkly different than those of public education.