Does that title surprise you? It shouldn't. When a department and its leadership are advocating for courses of actions either lacking research supporting effectiveness or -- even worse -- where the research clearly demonstrates that the course of action does not work or provides inaccurate and unreliable information, to insist on pursuing such a course can only be because one has a blind faith, is operating on the basis of theological or ideological purity.
That is not scientific. It certainly should not be how the United States Department of Education operates.
Sadly, that is the clear pattern of this administration under the leadership of Arne Duncan.
Read the rest.
I would argue that EVERYTHING the Obama administration promotes is faith-based.
The economic policy - based on the belief that feeding money to the banks would heal the housing market and make everything all right - was clearly faith-based.
The mortgage relief program has been faith-based and the evidence is now in that it is making the foreclosure crisis worse rather than better.
The stimulus was also a faith-based policy. Not nearly enough money and not put into the right things. Thus unemployment stands near 10%.
Renominating Ben Bernanke, one of the architects of the current economic mess, to the Federal Reserve has also been faith-based. So far, Bernanke has done nothing to heal the job market but sure has provided free cash for the banksters through Federal Reserve Open Market Operations.
And the war policy in Afghanistan is faith-based too. Think we'll be out of there by 2020?
But as Teacherken notes in his diary at the Daily Kos, the Obama/Duncan education policy is totally faith-based and will be about as successful as Bush's abstinence only education programs.
In fact, as I have already noted here, the evidence from Duncan's time in Chicago is already in. His turnaround program for schools sucks.
But they'll just keep doing what they've been doing and pray for it to all work out.
Dear God, help us all.