It is not President Obama's job to modernize our schools nor should the burden fall on Congess. Schools after the dust bowl disasters were set up to be self governing through a LEA. But Education wanted to imitate the government by spending way beyond their means and therefore allowed the federal and state governments to infuse districts with monies. And we all know these monies come with serious strings attached! (Now the budgets of all school districts would not be solvent if you remove said funds)
It is up to each individual districts and their local communities to prioritize their spending just as all families prioiritize their budget. Why should education be any different? In my district like many others we find ways to waste millions of dollars on things that just don't matter or make a difference for the students. We waste money on technology that will be obsolete in 4 yrs or less instead of truly investing that money in a way where the technology could be renewed every 4 years! I don't profess to have the answers but if we as a profession emphasized reading, writing, and arithmetic (yeah, I'm old school) the students would be prepared with all of the necessary tools to be workers and citizens in the 21st century as the use of technology requires you to be extremely literate and extremely proficient with numbers. So all of the "programs" we fund in education need to be slashed (usually the ones with "education" following a title are nothing more than a waste of time but try to brain wash the students into a particular ideology!)
This is the perfect time for the educatiion system to rise up and demand our local funding back and tell the state and the feds let us teach our kids in our local community and stay out!! The courts need to come to their senses and examine the damage done to the educatioin system and the undo burden they have put on it by taking every once of personal responsibilty away from the student and the parents in regards to their own education and the environment in which they learn!!
Thanks for a chance to vent.