You don’t need me to tell you that the proposed regulations for the Obama administration’s Race to the Top funds were disclosed today. Never before have so many people rushed headlong to grab their copy of the Federal Register.
I’m with Russo on this one. We’re getting a lot of coverage of the goals and not much about how it’s going to happen. EVERYBODY has noticed that the teachers’ unions are going to find a lot of objectionable stuff in these regs. NOBODY is spending time to figure out what that will mean. Here’s a guess: The unions will first work to water down the regs, but Obama and Duncan will still get most of what they want. Then the districts and the unions will take the money, and four years from now, just like magic, everything will be exactly the same as it is now.
My favorite bit in all the coverage was this quote from President Obama’s interview with the Washington Post:
“There are going to be elements within the teachers union where they’re just resistant to change, because people inherently are resistant to change. Teachers aren’t any different from any politicians or corporate CEOs. There are going to be certain habits that have been built up that they don’t want to change.”
I don’t want to overanalyze the President’s vocabulary, but “elements within the teachers union”? Who are these elements? When it comes to getting what he wants, the only elements that matter are the ones he meets, Dennis Van Roekel and Randi Weingarten. Therefore the only resistance that matters is theirs.
I hope President Obama was just trying to make a point about general resistance to change. If he actually believes he only needs to overcome a faction of hard-liners, he’s in for a rude awakening.