The Highlight of the Speech
- Pleased with recently released NAEP test results, President Bush proudly proclaimed: 'Childrens do learn.'
Verbal flubs are nothing new for President Bush, who once asked the famous question, 'Is our children learning?'
Of course, that has not stopped the media from clamoring to publicize the President's latest grammatical infelicity. If you did not quite catch it up above, here is the full version. You cannot miss it:
'Childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.'
You can hardly blame the media for gleefully clamping on to the quote, though. An education event has to be one of the worst places for Bush to demonstrate his anemic knowledge of subject-verb agreement.
The Rest of the Speech
Last week, the New York City school system was awarded the Broad Prize for Urban Education, making the city the perfect place for Bush to hold a No Child Left Behind conference.
In addition to reporters, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, School Chancellor Joel Klein, Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling, and about 20 kids from a local public school attended the event.
Bush focused on commending New York City schools and discussing the importance of the No Child Left Behind law.
According to Bush, the law is working and should be renewed and strengthened. Some of the improvement proposals unveiled at the speech include more flexibility for local leaders, tutoring programs, and incentives for teachers.
'My call to the Congress is, don't water down this good law. Don't go backwards when it comes to educational excellence. Don't roll back accountability,' Bush said during the speech. 'Congress needs to work with this administration to pass legislation that helps gives our children the education they deserve.'
(Note: That last sentence wasn't a misquote, but just another cringe-inducing verbal slip-up courtesy of our President.)