Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Obama's Endless Basketball Diaries: Arne Duncan Education Secretary

There will be no dearth of Basketball Stories coming from Barack Obama. It seems there's not a neighborhood in the world where Obama hasn't played basketball and not a person he hasn't played against. That includes Arne Duncan, Chief of Chicago Schools, who is bound to be loved by students everywhere since Duncan came up with the Great Idea of paying kids for good grades. Another of Duncan's passions is the shaping of Gay-friendly schools. Wow, now we can breathe freely.

Between the lines, Duncan bills himself as someone who's not afraid to stand up to the teacher unions but he "shares" some of their most cherished objectives. School teaching certificates must be rigidly homogenized so that no outside forces can infect the hallowed teaching sanctuaries of our nation's gang warfare systems in the public schools.

The "press conference" Obama gave was straight out of the "neighborhood organizing" texbook. He used a lot of words like "process" and "hope" and "dream" and "our kids." It was a talk guaranteed to bring out the mommy in the worst of us.

The dialogue about this choice is going to be "very, very, very, very, very" ____________ (fill in the blanks with all the good things you can think of).

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