The Spellings Report: Senate Education Committee Approves Nomination
Secretary of Education Spellings
Margaret Spellings, (bio here) who was nominated back in November to replace out-going Secretary of Education Rod Paige, has been unanimously recommended by the Senate's Education Committee for confirmation by the full Senate, which is expected to happen soon.
Even though we here at the 'Wonks have some concerns about the fact that Mrs. Spellings has never taught in any classroom, we nevertheless like her.
One of the things that we find most charming about Spellings is the fact that she has two children that are currently attending school. One daughter, Mary, (age 17) attends a Catholic high school. Another daughter, Grace, age 13 is attending a public middle school.
The Education Wonks believe that those that set educational policy ought to practice what they preach to the rest of us and set an example by sending their own offspring to public schools. This would include both federal and state lawmakers. If that were so, issues involving public education would receive our legislators' closest attention, due to the obvious fact that their own children would be affected.
To the President's credit, he sent his own daughters Laura and Jenna to public schools in Texas while serving as Governor. The fact that Secretary-designate Margaret Spellings also has a child in public school impresses us.
There are some blue-blooded hippocrats that could learn from that.