Grading Obama’s Education Plan

President Obama’s latest initiative, education reform-specifically, merit pay and early childhood education-has some merit. The teachers unions need to get behind the old-fashioned idea of pay for performance. The second part, early childhood ed, seems more like a liberal shibboleth. But it probably can’t hurt too much, and might even help at the margins, if it doesn’t become yet another welfare state bureaucracy. Now Obama needs to take the next step and support vouchers so that kids in failing schools can have the same kinds of quality options that his own daughters have.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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