June 21, 2004

A new initiative to help those left behind

*Snicker, snicker*:

President Announces Controversial New Educational Initiative

LOS ANGELES (APUPI) June 20, 2004

Standing in front of the Los Angeles Times building on Spring Street and surrounded by aides, President Bush put forth a new and long-overdue proposal today, to the cheers of thousands of long-suffering readers of that paper, to start to repair the tragic situation with the American journalism system. He called it "No Reporter Left Behind."

"For too many years have we seen the sad evidence accumulating that our nation's media outlets and journalism schools simply aren't achieving what they must for our nation to maintain its first-place ranking in freedom of speech and a properly informed public," he declared. "Compared to journalists of a few decades ago, today's reporters show an increasing inability to comprehend simple English or basic statistics, to exercise logic, or to even recognize that they're Americans."

"Now, many accuse the media of bias against my administration, but I don't believe that. I'm here to change the tone in Washington and the nation, and I refuse to engage in such accusations. I'm sure that journalists are well meaning. As a compassionate conservative, it's clear to me that they simply haven't been given the education and training that they so desperately need, and we need to help them and their hardworking editors."

The president went on to illustrate the growing problem.

"Certainly, we're all familiar with the examples of journalistic incompetence that seem to be increasing almost daily."

The satire then goes on to list example of reporters who missed the boat on war-related news, but it could just as easily list the number of reporters who don't understand tests yet pontificate on them, who rely on tearjerking anecdotes and unnamed critics for their anti-testing articles, who give public school defenders lots of ink yet leave little room for those who believe the schools should be reformed/abolished, and who routinely miss the opportunity to define crucial testing terms (like "impact," "bias," and "norm-referenced") in their zeal to print the "controversial" aspects of testing.

Continuing on in this vein, doesn't this mean that homeschooling is the analogy to blogging? Let's see, both are becoming extremely popular with "ordinary" people who want to bypass the power structure, in order to impart truth rather than ideology...yep, I'd say they're analogous. And the powers-that-be who believe bloggers are "irresponsible" and "inaccurate" (due to a lack of editorial bureaucracy) are probably the same who spread the word that homeschoolers are "backwards" and "uneducated" people who do a poor job with their kids (due to a lack of educational bureaucracy).

Posted by kswygert at June 21, 2004 07:06 AM