What happened to Obama ? I have to agree with Matt Damon.
I realize virtually all his quotes in the link above sound cynical, but he’s right about Obama. Take just the issue of public education. Teachers supported him overwhelmingly in 2008, then he turns around and sticks it to them on fundamental workplace issues, in many ways not much different from Scott Walker in Wisconsin. I agree with Bill Maher, who believes education reform should not be simply trying to “fix” classroom teachers by measuring their performance by how well their students do on standardized testing. That’s outrageous, because as William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” As an educator myself, of course I try to maintain high standards, enforce strict assignment deadlines, and offer extensive feedback on student work, but there’s an intangible in education that must always be there: the ability to inspire students to achieve excellence, to perform better than they ever could have imagined for themselves. Instead of respecting a teacher’s abilities in the classroom, the society has created these phony measurements that the nation’s schools are now teaching to while excluding the kind of education that inspires not just students like Matt Damon to follow his creative dreams but virtually all students.
But who cares, since we can now all get thrown in jail as suspected terrorists if we have finger or two missing.