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Obama's Education Secretary Denounces States Who Don't Like His Policies

10:45 AM, Feb 28, 2012 • By JOY PULLMAN
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Third, centralization often sounds neat and tidy, but ignores the minor fact that people themselves are not neat and tidy. Humans are diverse. One set of education standards does not fit every state, school, or child. It can’t possibly. Forced sameness reduces creativity and freedom, which are essential to intelligence and a thriving economy.

Haley understands the foundations and importance of retaining U.S. federalism. Duncan does not. This is one episode in an ongoing saga that allows Americans to view and consider the consequences of central control.

Joy Pullmann is managing editor of School Reform News and an education research fellow at The Heartland Institute

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