This space explores issues in public education policy, and it advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools. If there is some urgency in the message, it is due to the current reform efforts that are based on a radical re-invention of education, now spearheaded by a psychometric blitzkrieg of "metastasizing testing" aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build. JH August, 2005
Friday, December 20, 2013
2014 Is Going to Be a Great Year for Education
THERE IS NO PLACE LEFT FOR THE WIZARD BEHIND THE CURTAIN TO HIDEDING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD!FRIDAY, DEC 20, 2013 12:45 PM UTC
Michelle Rhee, Elizabeth Warren (Credit: AP/Jeff Chiu/Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
Earlier this month, progressives in the Democratic Party objected vehemently, and rightfully so, to an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal from a Beltway belief tank called Third Way that declared populism as “disastrous for Democrats.”
The piece specifically attacked Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren who has advocated popular positions on economics, such as expanding Social Security.
For sure, the authors of the piece, Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler, got the factual argument wrong, as Michael Hiltzik so capably explained at the Los Angeles Times.
But getting the facts wrong is not what riled progressives the most.
While the substance of Cowan and Kessler’s argument revolved around Social Security and its supposed insolvency, what likely galled progressives the most was having their ideas called a “left-wing … fantasy” by a faction of the Democratic Party more closely aligned with the financial industry.