Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
-- Bob Dylan

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The embrace of market models -- 'the new wisdom'

The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss interviews Michael Katz and Mike Rose, editors of an important new book, Public Education Under Siege that's worth adding to your summer fall reading list.
 Q)  How did this set of beliefs take hold, even among some liberals who previously had recognized that the public education system should be run as a civic institution rather than a business? 
 A) Multiple reasons, really.  In general, in American politics there’s been a shift toward the Right going on since the Reagan presidency.  And even before that, there’s been a growing attraction toward market-based solutions to public policy problems.  This embrace of market models, and along with it a technological orientation to social issues, has become increasingly bi-partisan.  It’s the new wisdom.

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