Obama Has Right Idea on Education

Breaks with party orthodoxy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 9:50 AM CDT
President Barack Obama high fives a young boy as he greets military personnel and their families before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – David Brooks crosses ideological lines to give President Obama a big shout-out on his education strategy today in the New York Times. "He has broken with liberal orthodoxy on school reform more than any other policy," Brooks raves. "He's naturally inclined to be data driven. There's reason to think that this week's impressive speech will be followed by real and potentially historic action."

The president wants more innovative charter schools, and use of testing data to reward excellent teachers. “Obama’s goal is to make sure results have consequences,” Brooks writes. His approach “would make it more likely that young Americans grow up in relationships with teaching adults.”