I find Matt Yglesias' interpretation of Erik's initial post on education reform exceedingly uncharitable, to say the least. But the crux of the issue seems to be this: Matt is.
It's possible that some education "reformers" really do care about improving childhood education. But many of them care about union-busting much, much more.
So we're not even three full weeks into the semester, and for incomprehensible reasons I already need to submit textbook orders for Spring. I'm reworking the reading list for my.
Nearly everything worth saying about this week's Parents Involved decision has probably already been covered in previous threads (and elsewhere), but I want to highlight one piece of relevant historical.
Saith Thers:I teach at a community college. At commencement I get to watch students walk across the platform and pick up diplomas who have gone through some pretty tremendous shit..
In light of this, I breathlessly await a lengthy diatribe form Mickey Kaus in which he argues for strengthening teacher's unions so that they're protected from having their innovation crushed.
I still don't know how I would respond to this.
I mentioned earlier today the scandal concerning the DoE allowing loan companies to loot subsidies intended to help poor students--they were informed about the loophole by a whistleblower, who was.