Harry Potter and the educrats
My daughter, who’d pre-ordered the new Harry Potter book, read the 870-page epic in two days. Her verdict: It’s too heavy on adolescent angst (it’s realistic, but who wants realism in a Harry Potter book?) and Ministry of Magic bureaucracy.
Now I’m one third of the way through. Progressive education has come to Hogwarts: The new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher lists her educational objectives on the board; teaching students to defend against the Dark Arts isn’t on the list. Someone might get hurt, the teacher explains.
Rowling has a school-age child. I’m guessing she has practical experience with educational idiocy.
Here’s a Slate discussion on the book.