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  • Obama's Empty Education Rhetoric to Hispanics

    Perhaps the biggest implication of our country’s growing Hispanic population, as recently confirmed by the US Census Bureau, is its impact on our public school system.  With Hispanic children comprising more of our enrolled public school student-body, but comprising a growing number of our high school drop outs, it’s clear that we are facing the prospect of a largely uneducated workforce in the near future.

    In this light, it’s clear why the President would want to address education policy, specifically as it relates to the Hispanic population, in front of the largest Spanish television network.  As part of Univision’s marketing campaign titled, “Es el Momento,” roughly translated to “It’s Time,” in the hopes of spurring a broader discussion on education policy among the Hispanic community, President Obama addressed about two hundred students at the Bell Multicultural High School in NW Washington, DC, to tout his Administration’s policies to improve education achievement among Hispanic students.

    Unfortunately after listening to the President speak at length on education, it’s evident that his limitless faith on the federal government to improve our school system remains strong.

    In fact, today’s speech stands out not for what the President said – but rather, of what wasn’t said.  Conspicuously absent from any of the President’s answers on education policy was the merits of school choice and school vouchers.  To be sure, the President had a number of opportunities to mention the importance of empowering parents to choose the best school for their children as a way of increasing accountability and competition into our education system.

    The absence of school choice in the hour long discussion was particularly peculiar considering both the venue and the timing of the President’s remarks given that Congress is slated to vote on a popular and effective school voucher program called the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) this week.  As we have been writing, this program has been providing low income schoolchildren in Washington, D.C., which ranks 51st in the nation in standardized test scores, with scholarships to attend a private school of their choice.  Unfortunately, the President’s silence on this issue speaks volumes.

    In essence, the President’s silence confirms that he does not wish to anger the powerful teacher unions who vigorously oppose the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

    This posture is particularly disingenuous considering the stubbornness of failing to see how we have gotten nowhere in closing the racial achievement gap by simply increasing federal funding while empowering the federal government.  In fact, based on the president’s answers in today’s town hall, he remains convinced that all we need to do is simply re-tweak federal policy while pumping more and more of our hard earned tax money into education spending to improve Hispanic academic achievement.

    If the President was serious about truly helping to close the racial achievement gap between Hispanic and non Hispanic students, he would look to the state of Florida as a blueprint.  Through bold reforms, such as increasing public and private school choice options and rewarding teachers who achieve student gains, Florida’s Hispanic students now outscore or tie the statewide average for all students in reading in 31 states.

    Unfortunately, the President’s empty rhetoric on education makes clear that he is more interested in re-arranging the deck chairs than taking on the special interests that will be necessary if we are to ever close the racial achievement gaps plaguing our school system.

    Univision is correct when it says, “Ya es Hora” or “It’s Time,” to address our failing education system for the good of our country.  Unfortunately what the President prescribed in his answers in today’s town hall will not help us get there.

    Israel Ortega is the Editor of Heritage Libertad – the Heritage Foundation’s Spanish language site.  You can follow him on Twitter: @IzzyOrtega. Click here to read a version of this blog in Spanish at Heritage Libertad.

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    7 Responses to Obama's Empty Education Rhetoric to Hispanics

    1. Bobbie says:

      Now there is a "racial achievement gap?" Oh my Lord! How about everyone learns on their own accord? So is the real incentive to make sure no one knows any more than anyone else? Close the mouths and kill the minds?

    2. Bobbie says:

      Johnny can't tie his shoes, SO NOBODY CAN!

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    5. Patrick O'Lone- says:

      WHY IS NO ONE QUESTIONING OBAMA'S STATEMENT IN HIS SPEECH

      " AFTER CONSULTING WITH BOTH HOUSES: OF CONGRESS " THE MEDIA HAD NOT MENTIONED THIS AND I'M SURE THE LIBERAL PRESS WOULD HAVE SHOUTED IT OUT! ALSO WHY DIDN'T HE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: WHICH INDIVIDUALS HAD HE CONSULTED? WAS IT A BI-PARTISAN GROUP? WHAT ADVICE DID THEY GIVE HIM?

      WHY IS THIS GUY ALWAYS GIVEN A PASS BY THE MEDIA WHEN HE SLIPS THESE THINGS INTO HIS SPEECHES?

    6. Katherine MacCall-Fr says:

      Great blog, we need to speak up!

      As a Hispanic-American it infuriates to hear Obama when he talks to our community, he is separating us from our American brothers and sisters making us lazy and dependant to the government.

      The American education system should be focused on the following proverb, like the Florida system:

      "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life." Lao Tzu, Laozi, or Guan Zhong or unknown.

      But Mr. Obama wants a division of "race" and making each "group" a whining one:

      "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will not have to listen to his incessant whining about how hungry he is."—Author unknown

    7. Francis, Indianapoli says:

      Mandate the new E-Verify system for every business nationwide, will eliminate illegal foreigners from American jobs.Enact these policies with hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, confiscation of business assets, that includes homes, vehicles, boats and planes. This will go to funding ICE and building the–THE REAL DOUBLE LAYER FENCE, TOPPED WITH CONCERTINA RAZOR WIRE. Much more stringent identification who enters America, through our borders, airport terminals and even ship. Checking that the new arrivals leave, after their visas expires, and apprehend them for deportation. 40 percent of illegal aliens arrive here by legal means and overstay.

      Those Americans sick of the rot, corruption in our administrations should join a local TEA PARTY. The resounding motto of the TEA PARTY is resolute, Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, Fair Free Market and a Strong National Security. For our security we must eradicate the Liberal ideology of Political Correctness, a well spring of multiculturalism, multi-language, wide open border that is twisting our countries laws. Everything to do with the illegal immigration occupation, costs this country billions of dollars. Read reports in NumbersUSA, Judicial Watch or learn even more by entering in your browser (Google) illegal immigration costs; illegal Immigration hospital Care; same with education. Learn the facts of where your taxes are going? Remember Acorn has not gone away, and can still be a major problem with voter fraud. Non-Citizens voted in the prior election States of New Mexico, New York, Colorado and Texas. Perhaps in Sanctuary States as with California and Nevada?

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