Home run, Steve. Your critique of the 48 Trailblazers article should be required reading for all "educators." What that article lacked was a few more self-congratulatory "pats on the back" and some additional cliches about children being our future.
News flash: The Vice-mayor of Collinstown is in the process of an intellectual & ideological transformation in how he views public education. I have always been more radical than my colleagues and have been suspicious of the "give us more money and we will educate better" crowd. Yet I am now comfortable calling for a total dismantling of our public schools. In terms of cliches, I'll add one about tearing down the termite infested house instead of wrapping it in siding. I'll have more specifics later.
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