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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Family Resemblance


Jeb Bush:

“I would like to see more people marching in the streets for rising student achievement,” he said in a speech in Detroit on Wednesday. “Less people marching in the streets for things that might be important to them, but rising student achievement should be the highest calling for all of us and we should be outraged that it’s not happening to the degree that it should.”

George W. Bush:

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.  They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

Unless Jeb thinks student achievement is akin to flood waters, I think he meant "raising" student achievement.  But either way, it's unclear exactly what he means:  should people be in the streets demanding students study more?  Or teachers grade easier so students can achieve?

Where, exactly, is our outrage supposed to be focused, and how?

UPDATE:  Turns out there's another problem with "rising student achievement," coming out of Jeb's own backyard:

[FL. State Rep. Charles] VAN ZANT[R.  Of course]: These people, that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida unless this is stopped, will promote double-mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can. I’m sorry to report that to you.
The $220 million is money to be spent on Common Core education in Florida.

These are your people, Jeb.  Maybe they understand what "rising student achievement" means.  Maybe it's code for "gay agenda."

I dunno.

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