Friday, November 18, 2005

New Education Spokesman

In one of the six parts of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, it is explained that the presidency of the universe is too important to give to anyone who actually wants that much power. ("Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.") As further evidence that Mr. Adams was more than just a comic genius, I give you David Awbrey, the new spokesman for the Department of Education.

RSR covered the news. He advocated against school funding in a previous job, and has been a conservative columnist at various papers.

So much for serving all of Kansas. The Department of Education is now officially the land of patronage, rather than competence.

The spokesperson for the department ought to have enough experience with education policy to be able to discuss the details of what the Department is up to, and how changes in federal or state education policy will influence teachers, parents, and students.

Mr. Awbrey hasn't got that sort of background. His qualification, like Harriet Miers' and Michael Brown's (remember him?) are purely political.

Our kids deserve better than to be treated as pieces in a grand political game. For the Abrams/Corkins/Bush brand of conservative, government is about personal advantage. For me, it's about making society better. That's why none of them deserve power.

Update: Thanks to Tracy for the exact quote. My collection of Douglas Adams is way back on the East Coast right now.