The Race to the Top (RTTT) program has quickly become an extremely popular topic among concerned Missouri citizens.
From the Missouri Record:
The Race to the Top (RTTT) education plan currently being pushed by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan should keep its acronym. What it should be renamed, however, is Race to the Takeover. This plan is flying under the radar, but it is one of the most “transformational” programs of Obama’s administration. This mandate will cede sovereignty of the states’ rights to educate Missouri’s children to the federal government.
This mandate involves state education departments submitting grants to the federal government for educational stimulus money. The grant is $4.3 billion to be divvied up to states for educational programs. Sounds good, right? Well, let’s look at what the state of Missouri will give up for this money and scrutinize this proposal. (The 300 page grant proposal can be accessed here.)
The plan reflects the belief that our schools need to be nudged by “choice architects” (pps 10 and 40) to steer educational choices for our children. The document was drafted on the basic tenet of this belief held by Cass Sunstein. This is the recurring theme of the Obama administration. We, the people, are ill prepared to handle decisions for ourselves and our children. We need the “nudging” by the government for correct choices.
For those interested, Sandra Davidson is hosting a Town Hall Meeting at the Sullivan Elementary School Gymnasium on Washington Street on March 8th at 7:00pm.
Other speakers at the meeting will include Kasey Brzycki, education adviser for the Missouri Sovereignty Project, and Brian Nieves, State Representative from the 98th District.