When Will "Progressives" Defend Public Education?



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I am currently engaged in a

I am currently engaged in a battle with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). They refuse to comply with two orders from the state Supervisor of Public Records to release the names of the schools and school districts that participated in the 2012 round of PISA testing. DESE asserts the information is confidential. Without the information, there is no way of knowing whether the PISA results are truly representative of the state's student population. Last week, attorneys who offered to represent me pro bono (I pay out-of-pocket expenses) filed in State Superior Court for enforcement of the two orders with which DESE refuses to comply. Just to let you know that even in "progressive Massachusetts" the assault on public education is real.

Jim Palermo more than 2 years ago

Right on the mark, Mr Cody,

Right on the mark, Mr Cody, as usual. The core problem for public education is the silence of the liberals, not the ravings of the conservatives. It's as if they, the liberals, have given up on all the goals for a better school system in this country. It's too complex, too confusing, for them to deal with. The real problem is that our state system won't ever work, so we need more of a national presence in our schools, like the rest of the world, but this is a toxic subject for anyone these days. We are caught in a nostalgia for a past, state-run, system that can never work well. It has no way to show the general population how they benefit from the schools, since the graduates of the state programs move out of the states. This condemns the entire system to a mediocre level of funding, and mediocre schools. (See, for example, Milton Friedman, of all people, on the spillover effects of education, and how this requires a way to tax those who benefit from the schools. This can only be done, given the mobility of the graduates, with a national program.) Keep looking at this problem and you will see that federal control of the schools is the only way to improve them. That doesn't mean control of the local schools. They can stay independent. It means replacing the states with the federal government.

Peter Dodington more than 2 years ago

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