Friday, July 17, 2009

More on Obama's speech to the NAACP

A large portion of the speech was devoted to the topic of education. But these words never once appear in the speech:
  • Charter schools
  • Mayoral control
  • Performance pay
  • Turnaround schools
  • Ton of bricks
  • The Chicago Model


  1. That's the difference between discussing policy and articulating vision. I like the vision. I know the policy is more difficult. Using those terms would have made people forget about the vision and argue about policy instead. He was right not to use those terms...

  2. I agree with Greg that Obama shouldn't have used those terms. But not for Greg's reasons. Rather because they are all examples of bad policy and processes that the administration should junk in order to succeed.

  3. Obama's speech isn't just a vision statement. He gives lots of specifics about policy.

  4. It's interesting to see the right-wingers at Fordham fawning over Obama's speech. For obvious reasons, the part they liked best was when Obama cheers the coming together of Bloomberg, Sharpton, and Newt.


Agree? Disagree? Let me hear from you.