Sunday, May 04, 2008

Is Dan Lips earning his Wingnut Welfare?

Mr. (not Dr. please note) Dan Lips of The Heritage Foundation got space in The Anniston Star for "The nation's risk: Improving how our children learn" to praise The Gipper, "high standards", school vouchers, ... Dashing Dan left off the fact that The National Commission on Excellence in Education was a Reagan appointed group made up of such ideologues as Diane Ravitch and Chester Finn. George Will seemed to leave all that off as well when he whined about "coersive federalism" in education when I scolded him in December of 2007. Reckon if Dan's omission has anything to do with his being in politics and PR rather than education?

His bio reads in part, "Before joining Heritage in 2005, Lips was a Senior Policy Adviser at Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a nationwide organization dedicated to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity. ... Before that, Lips was an education research associate at the Cato Institute. In addition, he co-wrote the 2004 book, The Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute."

Mr. Lips is advancing a right wing agenda rather than looking for true solutions. I'm sure he's paid well to do all of this while those on the left barely can get by as they work to find the best method by which to educate our young people and thus transform our society. John Gunn

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