The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #7/2011

Immigrant and “Alien” Reactions to Obama’s Educational Policy: Disposition of Authenticity or the Politics of The Emperor’s New Clothes

Bharath Sriraman, The University of Montana

Per Haavold Řystein & Gunnar Kristiansen, University of Tromsø, Norway


The article “Obama’s Educational Policy: Disposition of Authenticity” [see pdf attachment] brings into sharp relief issues confronting education in general in the U.S.A through the narrative of an immigrant inside the system. In particular Author addresses current policy level rhetoric and subsequent decision making that has led to increased polarization of views about the nature and purpose of public schools, the role of teachers, and measured accountability through high stakes testing as the shibboleth for society. The reaction in the form of voices is composed by another immigrant to the United States, and two Norwegian “aliens” to the system.

Keywords: accountability; equity; mathematics education policy; Obama’s educational policy; public school systems

AMS Subject Classification: 97

Pre-print of Commentary submitted to Journal of Educational Thought Pdf (191 KB)