For five years, I have listened to Arne Duncan lecture the American people about how terrible our public schools are.
He goes on at length about our ignorant students, our misguided parents, our ineffective teachers, our failing public schools.
In his eyes, we seem to be a nation of slackers, bums, ignoramuses, fools, and failures.
We know that he likes: charter schools, Teach for America, closing public schools and handing them over to corporate management, and “graduate schools” that have no scholars, no researchers, just tutors of test-taking skills. And of course, he loves the heavy emphasis on test-taking in places like Shanghai and Singapore. Test scores are his North Star. He wishes we could be like Shanghai, and that all our moms were “Tiger Moms,” cracking the whip over the children and making them get ready for the next test. All work, no play. He dreams of a new…
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