Education is local
I ramble on for far too long about education reform over at New Majority….
While I do level some shots at unions and tenure as problems, I probably don’t make clear enough that my critique is intended to point out that they are problems in some places – not everywhere. Really, to sum it all up, I believe that for the most part reform needs to begin and end locally and that the federal government is simply not the right institution for this. While bad teachers unions may be a problem in New York City, they may be completely harmless in other towns. While vouchers may work in some very bad school systems, in other systems they may do more harm than good. There is simply no reform that will work everywhere, and so education reforms need to be tried out as much as possible in as many places as possible so that people can keep imitating and improving those reforms. Federal involvement should be limited and should function more as a support role than anything.