On the Adam Smith Institute’s blog:
Madsen Pirie doesn’t believe that bright students improve bad schools.
The idea that academically gifted children, if they attended sub-standard state schools, would somehow inspire and motivate the others, is strange. It seems to belong to the fairy tales which social engineers tell each other round the camp-fires. In the real world such children are often bullied and demotivated, and scorned because study lacks any street-cred. Educated with others of their kind, however, they can become high achievers.
More offensive is the notion that bright children are a precious resource, owned by the state, to be shared out equally. Their own hopes and aspirations, and those of their parents, apparently don’t count.
Also, Brits are impressed by a Milwaukee principal who educates voucher students in a tough neighborhood.