>GS, I presume the sender meant "Been There, Done That" >which he means hasn't been successful in his prior >experience.
Do not think of it as *my* experience, Richard. Think of it as *our* experience.
I am a middle aged man, and education has been central to the public debate my entire life. "Stake holders" have done nothing but talk to each other for more than half a century, and some stake holders (the long-suffering, tax-paying public) have been highly solicitous of the needs and desires of certain other stake holders (the Education Mafia).
Indeed, I must say that the relationship between the tax-paying public and the Education Mafia has been quite like the relationship between The Tree and The Boy in Shel Silverstein's story, "The Giving Tree". The Ed Mafia only demands, and the Public only gives.
The Ed Mafia wants money, we give them money. Lots and lots and lots of money. These days, many cities (Most? All?) are functionally school districts that coincidentally run some municipal services.
The Ed Mafia wants smaller classes, classes have been steadily declining in size since 1955.
The Ed Mafia claims tenure is needed in the service of quality education, teachers get tenure automatically.
Do they need new textbooks, new curricula, new evaluation criteria, technology in the schools? We provide it all, at great expense.
Now, some of us have the temerity to ask where is the quality education we have been promised, and for which we have been paying, all these years? And the Education Mafia is outraged by the question.