>And how many members of the 'Education Mafia' have YOU >managed to put in jail to date?
The question is: how many members of the Education Mafia did Michelle Rhee put in the jail?
And, after four years, super-human effort, and lots of money, did Rhee succeed in reforming what is certainly one of the worst school systems in the country (ie, lots and lots of low-hanging fruit to pick)? Hardly.
Correlation? I think so.
According to Frontline, there is evidence of some improvement in some schools. I believe it. But, as we all know and as Frontline documents, the Education Mafia comprehensively defeated the reformers politically. The only reasonable expectation is a speedy return to status quo ante, and Rhee's tiny perturbation of the system probably has already dampened to nothing.
Such has been the case in every other reform effort, for example: California, as Wayne Bishop knows only too well.
To my friends on the right side of the debate I say again: reform of the existing system is impossible. If we want to do something constructive, if we want to avoid the specter, a generation from now, of people just like us (our own children) in forums just like this one carrying on the same debates in virtually the same words, we must, must, must explore alternatives to the sisyphean job of reform.