Real Time Thoughts on Meet the Press (November 15, 2009)

Republican Soldier

David Gregory is speaking to Hillary Clinton on today’s edition of Meet the Press.  Further he’ll be discussing the state of the U.S education system with his guests, Secy. of Education Arne Duncan, Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

On the prosecutions of Khalid Sheikh Muhammed and 3 other alleged terrorists in New York and whether those detainees deserve to be tried as common criminals under U.S law.

Secy. Clinton is saying that the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks should be prosecuted under the shade of the missing towers.

(Personally I cannot think that there exists an argument that would support prosecution under unspoken and publicly non-transparent rules that does not take revenge seriously into account. If we want to move away from a revenge motive and seek justice, then I can;t see anyone supporting any other proposition than that because the 9/11 attacks killed mostly civilians who lived in NY, those individuals should be tried in NYC.   NYC has had jurisdiction to prosecute these men, if and when the opportunity availed.  Now that this opportunity is available, I support the move to prosecute in New York)

On Afghanistan

HC is more or less saying the same thing. That fighting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan is a move from a purely American national security viewpoint.  (I think this is a movable goal post: we’ll leave Afghanistan and Pakistan AND argue that staying on no longer satisfies a national security mandate)

On China:

DG: Are we a profligate spender paying respects to our wary bankers?

HC: We have to get back some control over some time to fiscal sovereignty

DG: We know that China has a espionage policy against the U.S.  Is China a challenge to our national sovereignty?

HC: We know that a lot of countries are seeking to take advantage and that when I speak to foreign officials I have no illusions that no one but me stands for American interests.

On Education, Arne Duncan. Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich.

A Humean, Posnerian, take on education policy, The Race to the Top Fund, is encouraging states to compete for federal government dollars by improving outcome metrics.  Education is a civil rights issue and the engine of future economic growth.  Now, this is an issue that should be non-partisan.  Newt Gingrich is speaking well of President Obama.  Holy Crap!!

Responsibility and Accountability: The talking points the guests are egging equal, in sum, one word: change,  but have yet to propose a policy that would implement that change.  The President of the American Teacher’s Federation is saying that teachers work hard, but that teh argument of education outcomes should not scape goat teachers.  (But, I don’t quite get why the people talking about the problem can;t speak to the thoroughly negative, cyclical socio-economic trap in which American education and education policy is mired)

Tenure should be maintained, but relaxed in stringency. Teacher discipline must be tiered.  The highest performing teachers have to be rewarded in a manner commensurate with their contribution.  Teachers int eh middle tier should be given support to function in a high performing manner.  Teachers in the lowest tiers should be encouraged to seek alternative careers.

Charter Schools strike the speakers (and me) as an interesting instrument to test out different types of education outcomes.

~ by Faheem Haider on November 15, 2009.

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