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From The Best Schools: One simple reason why public schools can’t be reformed … and one thing parents can do anyway.

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Whatever reform the government intends is likely to be stonewalled by one of the groups that is in fact a legitimate part of its constituency. To put the students first, definitely and unapologetically, is not possible by the very nature of the system.

An impatient reader might ask, do I propose to burn down the schools and end public education? No, I don’t. Such events would only happen during a revolution, and most revolutions have morphed into, at best, sclerotic dictatorships and at worst reigns of terror followed by sclerotic dictatorships. The American Revolution was a magnificent exception, but it is best not to push one’s luck in these matters.


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