No mincing of words here.
According to President Obama, teachers are THE problem in education:
PRESIDENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE: President Obama argued Monday that bad teachers should be fired if they can’t be trained to teach kids more effectively and help lower the country’s dropout rate.
“You’ve got to have radical change, and radical change is something that’s in the interest of students,” Obama said in an interview with NBC. “We’ve got to be able to identify teachers who are doing well ... and ultimately, if some teachers aren’t doing a good job, they’ve got to go.”
Obama also said “nothing's more important” than education, and he said if students stayed in class for one more summer month every year, they would retain more information. “I think we should have longer school years,” he said.
On a personal note, Obama said his daughters, like most children, need to be pushed to study, and he conceded that they are getting a better education than most because they go to an elite private school. “Given my position, if I wanted to find a great public school for Malia and Sasha to be in, we could probably maneuver to do it,” he said. “But the broader problem is for a mom or a dad who are working hard but don’t have a lot of connections ... they should be getting the same quality education for their kids as anybody else.
You can expect to see the longer school year provision in the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind.
Also an abolition of tenure and seniority.
Dunno how he'll mandate it from the federal level.
He'll probably use the carrot/stick approach.
Want Title 1 money and other federal funds?
Add 30 additional school days and get your unions to agree to abolish tenure and seniority.
He terms this approach "radical change" for the school system.
If you are a teacher and you support Barack Obama in the next election, you are enabling your own destruction.