the question is whether any of these 24 lunatics running to the right of republican tennessee state legislators (i can't believe i just wrote that, what the fuck is going on?) are so completely insane as to invite a semi-competent democratic party challenger in the general election. i'm guessing no, but jesus.
hey, Scene, it's cancelled.
I was one of the last lucky few who got in, and it was pretty mind-blowing. here's a setlist snatched from the stage: http://instagr.am/p/MI66fGl-t3/
I think your complaints are a matter of semantics, chief. I conceded the point to which your research refers. I'm aware of it because it's so often called upon as "evidence" to oppose education reform and school choice. Sorry for not posting a link, I guess that makes my argument anti-intellectual tripe. Get a grip, I didn't personally attack you in my comments, just Diane Ravitch. And Diane Ravitch is still an idiot. My point is that the public schools that warrant the need for choice are so poor that it doesn't make sense compare "publics" and "charters" as a whole. You may even be right about cream-skimming which leads to even more muddled data, but what does it say about charters that kids with greater parental involvement are more inclined to enroll? If you want a treatise on the reasons that the teachers unions are hurting schools, I would refer you to Joe Williams' excellent "Cheating Our Kids." (LINK!: http://www.amazon.com/Cheating-Our-Kids-Po…). The very fact that the NEA gave Diane Ravitch their "2010 Friend of Education Award" is evidence enough to me that they're wrong-headed and out of touch.
Winter's analysis is based on the wrong data, Bruce. A good comparison for charters' performance would be against the failing schools that they seek to replace. The teachers' unions love to point out that charters don't perform much better statistically than the national average, but average is a whole hell of a lot better than the schools from which parents want the choice to opt out.
And Diane Ravitch is an idiot with her head in the sand. The policy changes she proposes are so much more radical than simply instituting national -- not state -- achievement benchmarks. She'll defend the piss poor status quo until the end.
And just so there's no ambiguity here: TEACHERS UNIONS ARE THE PROBLEM.
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