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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Man Who Wastes Time Playing Slots Thinks You Waste Too Much Time

Bill Bennett and Rod Paige have a master plan for you and your kids (if you unfortunately have any).
We need to find better and more efficient ways to produce an educated population and close the achievement gaps in our education system. Americans do ultimately get themselves educated -- at work, after school, online, in adulthood -- but a lot of time and money are wasted in the process.
The remedy? As both of us have long argued, Washington should set sound national academic standards and administer a high-quality national test. Publicize everybody's results, right down to the school level. Then Washington should butt out.
Yeah, right. Washington will really butt out of local affairs once it sets academic standards for every school in the country. There sure won't be any fights over creationism, sex education, drug prevention, the portrayal of political parties in textbooks, or which historical figures to stress over others. Congress will set simple standards that everyone agrees with. There will be no controversy. And the power of the federal government will magically stop growing right there.

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