...Roland Fryer, a meticulous Harvard economist. It included this sentence: The attached study has changed my life as a scientist.
Roland, don’t flatter yourself.
David Brooks drank the Kool Aid
we have had success with intrusive government programs that combine paternalistic leadership, sufficient funding and a
Yes, just like most of the charter schools here have been closed. - abject failures and bastions of corruption.
I suppose you might find one or two somewhere, but the above quote is not going to produce any of that.
If you want success here, fund vouchers and let us go to work.
David Brooks is no more a Republican than I am a Democrat.
The charter school and private school comparisons to public schools are flawed. Most kids (with parental help) who attend these schools are there because they sought to be there.
Apparently Brooks has been doing a lot of thinking recently about how conservatives can repackage themselves to appeal to the American public. He is convinced that deep down, people have no real affinity for limited government and in fact kind of like big intrusive government (hence Obama), and that if the Republicans want to get back in the game they have to accept this and rearrange themselves accordingly.
The question is how can the Pubbies do this while still being in some fundamental way conservative. His solution centers on his notion of “social order” (or something like that - he has a particular terms that he uses). And so here we see a perfect example: an “intrusive government program” that combines “paternalistic leadership” with “sufficient funding” yet retains a “ferocious commitment to traditional, middle-class values”.
According to some chatter at NRO, Brooks is working on a book that fleshes out his idea. If so, it will be interesting to see how he distinguishes it from Bush’s failed notion of compassionate conservatism.
Democrats don’t care what works
Vanguard High School in Colorado Sptings Colorado is a school with 22% below poverty level and 20% “minority”, with lots of military families (it’s near Fort Carson and Peterson AFB) and lots of parents in Afhanistan and Iraq.
In the annual CSAP tests, this high school has the highest scores in the state. And if you visit, you will be even more impressed by the serious attitudes, courteousness, discipline of the students and staff.
And if they had a hundred years to do nothing but visit schools, neither Barack Obama nor Arne Duncan would ever consider visiting it. Because Vanguard’s philosophy is diametrically opposed to “campus chic.”
Charter schools improve student outcomes over public schools.
Voucher programs improve student outcomes over public schools.
These are great improvements to education that are stopped because they take power away from the unions, Govt workers. The educrats care more about the ‘system’ than about helping children.
The problem is, whatever makes the "new discovery" work, it never seems to transplant well, and soon the whole thing sinks back into mediocrity with little but bales of spent goobermint money to mark its passing.
This is the first time I ever heard one of these stories where anyone actaully pimped for "intrusive government" however.