Education Reform - the president's buzz words this week. The theory is our education system needs more money to succeed. Last week, Zuckerberg donated 100 million to the Newark schools that spend more per student than almost any other school system in the nation and still the schools are failing to produce college or workforce ready young adults. We know that more money does not work - for the past 30 years, we've been pouring more and more of our hard earned dollars in failing schools. Why are they failing. Even the poorest schools and the poorest students today have technology available that wasn't even a dream when I was in school. My first public school experience was in Brunswick/Troy, NY where I attended a one room school with grades one through four. In case you are wondering, we did have indoor plumbing and central heat but we had no library, no computers, no gymnasium, no A/V, no teacher in-service days, no bi-lingual education. Between 1st grade and my high school graduation, I attended 18 different schools. As the years passed, there were libraries, Gyms, and auditoriums but still no computers, and I only remember one film projector that was shared by the entire high school. How is it that in such a deprived environment I was able to get such a quality education? How was it that the curriculum could include English, progressively from grammar to literature; progressive levels of math and science, physics, calculus, languages that included Latin, French, Greek, German. How was it that I learned the capitals of every state and the names and locations of every country. How was I able to learn about the history of not only my own country but other countries of the world. How did I learn to think for myself in an environment so devoid of Federal intervention that the local community actually set the standards. The change came when the Federal government began issuing mandates and federal funding to meet those requirements. We sold our souls to the devil and now we are living with the consequences of it's largess. No child left behind will succeed and it will succeed because we are not going anywhere. We're not even stalled but rather sliding backward on the education system greased by federal dollars.