In that vein, Rick Hess makes an important point that people on all sides of various education issues care about kids – and it’s politically dangerous for Arne Duncan’s fans to try to use this argument as a trump card. But, Rick’s argument can also be taken too far and it’s also naive to think there are also not people who put various adult interests, politics, and issues first as well. That’s not a left-right issue, you see plenty of that in public and private on all sides. (And while issues like the unions and some common work rules are easy targets here, the problem is a lot more far reaching – rules about when schools can open in states with tourist dependent industries, Ohio’s approach to for-profit charters, the list is long…)
With the Pope visiting the United States (and a school) here is a round up of some recent Bellwether work on Catholic schools. A lot of education news here.
Slash and burn approaches to education apparently a problem elsewhere, too.