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Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Steve Jobs Biography: Education System Crippled by Unions, Barack Obama Doing it Wrong

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Steve Jobs, sounding more like a conservative Republican than a liberal Democrat, told President Barack Obama when they met in Silicon Valley, that the nation’s school systems were “crippled.” This comes from the Huffington Post, which received an advanced copy of the Walter Isaacson biography, due out October 24.

Jobs also criticized America’s education system, saying it was “crippled by union work rules,” noted Isaacson. “Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform.” Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.

Though Jobs was not that impressed by Obama, later telling Isaacson that his focus on the reasons that things can’t get done “infuriates” him, they kept in touch and talked by phone a few more times. Jobs even offered to help create Obama’s political ads for the 2012 campaign. “He had made the same offer in 2008, but he’d become annoyed when Obama’s strategist David Axelrod wasn’t totally deferential,” writes Isaacson. Jobs later told the author that he wanted to do for Obama what the legendary “morning in America” ads did for Ronald Reagan.

I wonder if at some point Jobs didn’t just decide he was going to run for president himself, damn this country!  Can you imagine a Steve Jobs presidency?

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Winning “Something” in Education Reform

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Ben Riley at New Schools Venture Fund has a blog post up about the future of education reform. He’s tracking President Barack Obama’s rhetoric about making the future great. A little rundown of his thoughts after the jump.

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