What makes Joel Klein and Condoleezza Rice’s new report on the schools different from earlier jeremiads is its profound indifference to the role of public education in a democratic society, and its certainty that private organizations will succeed where the public schools have failed. Previous hand-wringing reports sought to improve public schooling; this one suggests that public schools themselves are the problem, and the sooner they are handed over to private operators, the sooner we will see widespread innovation and improved academic achievement.
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Education and ‘National Security’: An Exchange July 12, 2012