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Monday, February 05, 2007

Century of the Common Iowan: Vilsack's Speech at the DNC Winter Meetings

Excerpted from this post at Century of the Common Iowan
On Saturday, Tom Vilsack spoke at the DNC Winter Meetings. I caught most of the speech on CSPAN and thought Vilsack did very well. Radio Iowa has a very good writeup on the speech. Vilsack's theme was pushing for real change. Vilsack spoke against No Child Left Behind and the need to teach creative thinking. "Let me be clear: I'm not talking about small change. I'm not talking about incremental change. I'm talking about bold and courageous change. Let me give you a few examples: adding a few dollars and tweaking a reauthorized No Child Behind is not real change. Ending No Child Left Behind as we know it is real change and replacing it with a real, true commitment to the children of this country. In this competitive world we live in we cannot be afford to be a nation of great, standardized test-takers. We must be a nation of creative and innovative thinkers and that's what our education policy should be."

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