Monday, July 6, 2009

" You take the blue pill and the story ends."

I was going to avoid Arne today, really, but then he came out with this:

Why include business in the policy debate about public education?

A We all need to work together on this stuff, business leaders and educators. Everyone's mutual interests are absolutely aligned.

Everyone's mutual interests are not 'absolutely' aligned, not even close.

Many teacher's act in the students' best interests, though not always effectively. Some teachers fell into teaching for other reasons.

The NEA's mission "is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world." Two clauses, but not 'absolutely aligned.'

The business leaders' interests are to increase market share and feed their businesses.

I knew Arne had some arithmetic issues--he's confused by his own numbers when he touts his Chicago miracle. He also has some grammar issues--I want to incent him to improve. Now I fear for his sanity.

Everyone's mutual interests are absolutely aligned.

Either Arne's taken the blue pill, or he's one cynical, disingenuous pup. (I'd consider other hypotheses, but I'd like to maintain my fantasy that Harvard screens its applicants, even its athletes.)

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