An Intellectual's Fantasy: More Socialist Schooling
Given the title, I thought this Weekly Standard education article would offer a sensible 'end it, don't mend it' argument, and go on to discuss private-sector endeavors that are doing a spit spot job. Nah. It's more like Fantasy Education Reform without the sports franchise angle.
Prof. David Gelernter explains: "In the system I am picturing, education would continue to be free and accessible to every child, and all taxpayers would continue to pay for it. Parents would be guaranteed access to 'reasonable' schools that cost them nothing beyond what they pay in taxes. It would all be just like today -- except that public schools would have vanished."
The professor also suggests that "the age of the American public school is over." Nah. As long as g-schools continue to provide nifty goodies, like athletic programs and employment, they are so not over. As long as the schools remain a de facto babysitting service for everybody from undocumented workers to exurban moms, their future is assured.