This, however, is why I’m genuinely confused about the extent to which the current debate tends to construe people like me and my colleagues on the CAP education team as the enemies of K-12 teachers.Matthew Yglesias tends to deploy his genuine confusion whenever he discovers that the population of the world is not so fully composed of hack, Harvard-undergraduate, self-flattering, not-so-polymathic, nebbish meshugenahs as his own succubic circle of young Washington remoras. You mean that a benighted workforce tasked with the impossible job of turning The Children into a razor-edged temporal weapon to be deployed against the future China even as their cities go back to pastureland and all the world's oil dries up, a bunch of workers who want only to preserve some modest semblance of wage security in an increasingly desperate age, do not wish to hop aboard the cocktail-napkin ideations of some hoggish know-nothing who, between subsidized junkets to Helsinki and slack-jawed rediscoveries of the antimajoritarian tendencies of our fucking Rome-derived senate, finds it occasionally necessary to turn out such dazzling strophes as:
But schools also matter. Effective schooling is possible and important. Lack of strong evidence about which methods are most effective points to the need for rigorous assessment, organizational flexibility, and choice.Yes, what America really needs are more thunderingly dull declarative sentences and really precise, meaningful terms like important, strong evidence, effective, rigorous assessment, organizational flexibility, and choice. Livelihoods are certainly worth the sacrifice when some ivy-league imbecile bearing management jargon with all the fluency of a phrasebook tour of Europe shows up demanding a table at the bistro. Exkyoozay-mwwah mizzyor, may zhe voodray beeyen voo veeray ay too voh confrayers ohsee. D'akor? Maresee! Supayer! Poor lays onfontz, kee sawnt laveneer!
The only good thing to say about the American system of public education is that it provides lots of people with regular work, reasonable pay, decent benefits, modest protection, and civilized hours.