I've spent some time reading the comment sections of education stories appearing in the local newspaper (see here) and the strand that seems to resonate the most with readers is the suggestion that introducing competition to the public education system -- achieved here in North Carolina through vouchers and charter schools -- is the only way we can kick start stalled schools.
That's a common refrain in thinking around education here in the States, isn't it? We automatically believe that because competitive risk -- having to stand out in a marketplace by constantly producing better products -- moves businesses forward, the same strategies will move schools forward too. To suggest otherwise is seen as downright Un-Amurican.
Via Alastair Creelman