Education

"Bernie Sanders Wants to Destroy the Best Schools Poor Urban Kids Have"

Jonathan Chait, Liberal--very Liberal--explains why this is a really bad idea. The title pretty much says it, but here's the lead paragraph:

Bernie Sanders today is announcing the foundation of his K-12 education plan, which is to crack down on public charter schools. If enacted, the Sanders plan would snuff out one of the most successful social policy innovations in decades, and close off a lifeline of opportunity for hundreds of thousands of poor urban children.


"In Defense of New York City’s Elite Public High Schools"

By Jeffrey Flier, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, and Higginson Professor of Medicine and Neurobiology.

That constituency should not have to fight this political battle alone. Those of us who believe in the merit principle, and who have seen firsthand how these schools can improve the lives of the students who attend them, should raise their voice in defence of the current system.

That would include me.

Related: "The real issue on elite high school admissions".