USA Today's reports on the reliability of student test scores unfairly leave the impression district leaders avoided an investigation into possible cheating. Further, it implies cheating was widespread. I'd like to set the record straight.
All parents ought to step up and take care of their children and teach them self-control and the value of education. But pointing blame at parents when students are not making progress in our classrooms is weak.
Younger families coming up through the system can't cut-and-run from our public schools in their indecision of how to educate their own children. The problems that plague some of our schools belong to us all.
Obama's speech today matters because there's a psychic cost to not knowing a larger world beyond your day-to-day life; American kids need to know their president, whether they support his policy agenda or not.