Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bredesen's 'Our Schools Suck!' PR Campaign

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 7:44 AM

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Rather than reforming the tax system so we can improve our schools (remember, we're No. 46 in education spending) Gov. Phil Bredesen has launched a PR campaign to prepare parents for the sudden realization that our schools really are horrible. That knowledge will drop like a ton of bricks on Tennessee's parents when test scores are reported next month for the first time under higher national standards the state adopted to qualify for President Obama's Race to the Top cash. In Knoxville yesterday as part of his our-schools-suck initiative, Bredesen said:

"What I want is for people to understand this is part of a process we have to go through. We're being honest now, and not just react to that and say 'This is terrible, let's just go back to the old standards so we can feel good about the fact that our kids our doing wonderfully.'"

There's little evidence that national standards will improve schools. If we want to do that here, the obvious first step is to increase education spending above the level of Mississippi's. The sad truth is this state doesn't care too much about higher student achievement, and we will dilute these standards as soon as we can get away with it so we don't have face up to that.

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