I think this may be the most eerie testament to the moderate leftist worldview that I've yet seen. In the end, it comes off like a drug, like a pusher trying to hook kids into dependence. Can't you see all of the free stuff that you will NEED in order to survive throughout your life? Come on, just a little taste, that sick feeling goes away in time.
Many commenters in the blogosphere and on twitter are excoriating and/or mocking this latest Obama gaffe, which as of this writing is still posted on barackobama.com. With the gaffes coming fast and thick from high profile Dems, it really makes one wonder: is it simply the honest exposition of the leftist worldview which constitutes an embarrassment? They have worked so hard for years to conceal their true beliefs behind speech codes and sob stories, but when you get a clear view of it, it can be pretty damn ugly. America, this aint.
I find an additional irony in the slides: many of the programs touted therein are either mostly or utterly worthless. For example the very first freebie, Headstart, has never been shown to do any long term good in any study, despite endless increases in funding.
However, the advantages children gained during their Head Start and age 4 yearsst yielded only a few statistically significant differences in outcomes at the end of 1 grade for the sample as a whole. Impacts at the end of kindergarten were scattered and are mentioned below only when they appear to be related to the 1st grade impacts.
Furthermore, much the Julia story is cynical fantasy which is contradicted by reality:
Her high school is part of the Race to the Top program, implemented by President Obama. Their new college- and career-ready standards mean Julia can take the classes she needs to do well.
I mean, are you frickin kidding me? Since when did Dems and their teacher union allies ever make an inch of improvement for school kids? Never, thats when. (And that despite endlessly multiplying budgets and salaries.) Or maybe when they finally got beat on the charter schools issue and had to stop blocking it everywhere? Would that count? Nothing illustrates the base corruption of the Democrats more than their alliance with teachers unions, the single most destructive force in American education: