The education president

Also in City Journal, Sol Stern writes that President Bush really is the “education president.” I disagree that requiring schools to show improvement by all subgroups (minorities, low-income, immigrants, disabled) is a Democratic idea inserted in No Child Left Behind; Bush was pushing this in Texas. It’s a critical part of the bill.

Eduwonk says Stern is right about the politics, and that NCLB foes should be careful not to play into privatizers’ hands. If public school officials say some kids can’t be expected to learn in their schools, others will volunteer to take those students away.

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  1. But isn’t that a good thing? If the local school beaurocracy can’t get things together to actually teach the kids, shouldn’t they be removed from that responsibility?

    Charter schools perform better on average than general public schools. Private schools perform bettter on average than general public schools. What we need are more charter schools and private schools and less general public schools.

  2. Agreed. However, read the “Fighting Charters” thread from yesterday… public school teachers’ unions are going out of their way and to rediculous lengths to prevent the growth of charter schools. Vouchers, charter schools, etc., will never really get off the ground unless and until teachers’ unions can be nuetralized. THAT will never happen!

  3. dhanson says:

    Private schools are going to be fighting to take the kids who can’t learn? Why? So they can fail? Will they be eager to take that poor little girl from the “New school, same old mom” entry in this blog?

    Will they want those students whose parents don’t care and can’t be bothered? How about the students who are disruptive? Or just plain academically unable?

    I understand that NCLB will force the public schools to pay for private instruction for those students they can’t educate. I just don’t see how a change to a private school or even individual tutoring will make a significant difference for many of the students who aren’t meeting the minimum standards in public schools.