I just had to share this response I sent to Bob McAlister, in response to this post he put up:
Bob, how can you write, "So ya’ll just want to keep throwing money at public education without changing it, huh?" I can see the twits at SCRG doing that, but you know better. We were talking the other day about some mutual acquaintances who serve on the Palmetto Institute. (Bob knows who I mean, but I’m referring to Bill Barnet and Larry Wilson.) Why don’t you say that to them, and see what kind of reaction you get? "Throwing money?" "Without changing it?" That floors me, coming from you.
What on Earth do you think the "choice" advocates want to do besides "throw money," except they want to do it with blinders on, demanding no accountability for where it lands?
Meanwhile, it is NO surprise that higher standards are cited as ONE of the causes of the problem. It’s an absolute fact that between having instituted some of the highest curriculum standards in the nation and raised the number of academic credits required for graduation, we’ve made it an awful lot more appealing for more kids just to give up.
It’s just one of the many factors, but it certainly and obviously is one, which should be recognized by any reasonable person who is not bound and determined to tear down the public schools.
Bob usually doesn’t write with his brain on autopilot, but this time he did.