Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The education of Barack Obama

Peter Berkowitz, of the Hoover Institution, has written an excellent article which collected some of Obama's statements admitting that the world is different from what he expected:
  • On the failure of the Obamacare website: “What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.” 

  • On the failure of his Palestine-Israel peace initiatives: “I think that we overestimated our ability to persuade them to do so when their politics ran contrary to that.” And: “I think it is absolutely true that what we did this year didn't produce the kind of breakthrough that we wanted, and if we had anticipated some of these political problems on both sides earlier, we might not have raised expectations as high.” 

  • On the failure of the budget-busting "shovel-ready" stimulus package: “shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.”
Columbia and Harvard owe America an apology for letting a man so uninformed graduate from their universities.

1 comment:

Anna Lemma said...

Obama has yet to come to grips with the "how" of the teaching in education. There are uses for modern technology in schools. What I see that disturbes me is the use of multiple choice questions in examinations. One highly rated university uses such. A recent final in Calculus II consisted of true-false questions. I want to see students learn to write. Mathematics, of course IS a language, and instructors should expect solutions to problems, not just answers. These instructors are not doing well for students.


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