"I would not scrap the idea of having standards that we want schools to achieve," Obama said.
"He would end standardized tests in favor of more complicated assessments"http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-11-20-obama-education_N.htm
Quote from: nike6075 on March 13, 2008, 12:44:08 PM"He would end standardized tests in favor of more complicated assessments"http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-11-20-obama-education_N.htmYou're missing a piece.... It's ending standardized tests as a measure for teacher assessments/merit and funding for the school. Not ending standardized tests altogether which your quote insinuates. And if you ask 99% of teachers/educators, they favor this position in the sense that standardized tests shouldn't be a measure. It forces them to teach students how to pass the test, not actually learn and comprehend the material.
Did Obama have access to the same intelligence that Hillary had? Was he still against the Iraq war even though he had intelligence that suggested Sadaam was developing nuclear weapons? We'll see what he will do if he is elected President. It can be hard for an Anti-War candidate to make objective decisions about war. If Iran develops tactical nuclear weapons, and they refuse to dismantle them, I hope he has the guts to make them.
Quote from: gladiator on March 12, 2008, 08:52:09 PMObama is not a blank slate. 11 years in elected office provides a long track record that everyone chooses to ignore.Link me three significant pieces of successful legislation that he has passed. Please.
Obama is not a blank slate. 11 years in elected office provides a long track record that everyone chooses to ignore.
And he "accidentally" voted the wrong way and then demanded that his vote be switched. I don't care if Barack was against the war from the beginning, we need someone who can handle the current situation. Claiming to be against the war from day 1 does not mean that you will be able to competently manage the current war. A lot of people were against the war. The fact that he is the only potential presidential candidate against it does not mean that he has "superior judgmental skills" to negotiate us out of it. He is lying when he says that he will have us out in 16 months (or whatever his time frame is).He belongs to a church with a racist head pastor (not just a racist, but a disgusting low-life, lying, bigot). This would have been an automatic disqualification for ANY other person running for office. However, since, the only thing attracting to people is his charisma, this major red flag will be over looked (and because the media LOVES him-I bet he could call for the extermination of the white race and they would look the other way).