Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I Heart Atrios


I admit to not following education reform debates very closely, not because I don't think it's important but because, well, limited time and all that. But I gather the basic narrative that is out there is that well-meaning school administrators are thwarted at every step due to the overwhelming power of teachers unions. Now I'm sure there are bad teachers who are difficult to fire, but when I follow school news locally it seems to me that it's the administration who are incompetent at best and corrupt at worst.

And, no, of course not saying that about all people in school administration, just that it's remarkable that the people who run the show, and can more freely speak to the media, are blameless.

Actually, it would be more accurate to say they are blameless until the exact moment they move on to a new job, at which point their record at the old job will be seamlessly absorbed into the failed status quo, and their reform march continues afresh in a new venue.

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