The D.C. schools chancellor is little more than an Arne Duncan clone, and The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn lists all her “accomplishments” as if they were unmitigated good — and not the controversial, largely unsuccessful tactics that they are. (Activity is not the same as actual progress, as anyone who’s ever worked in a sales department knows. But managers push for activity because it can be measured!)
Look, urban public schools are in deplorable shape. No one’s arguing that. But with the economic pressures that have been hitting the inner cities for the past 30 years, how much of this has to do with the poverty and poor education of parents, and their lack of reinforcement at home?
We do know that what Arne says works, doesn’t. But they play the liar’s game with statistics and politicians, who are always happier with the mere appearance of improvement, aren’t going to rock the boat when the Obama administration will throw more money at them for embracing these corporate values.
Oh well, children don’t really matter, anyway!