If Schools Were on Wall Street
Doug Noon of Borderland imagines what life would be like if education reform got the same treatment as the Wall Street bailout.
If education reform worked anything like the $700 billion Wall Street bailout plan now on the table, we’d have seen government officials immediately call for implementing a plan that, as George Bush would argue, “matches the scope of the problem.” We’d see the debt ceiling raised, with hundreds of billions of dollars committed to resolving the crisis, and no demand for accountability.
For Noon, the bailout illustrates education reform’s low-priority status in the American government.
The quick willingness of the Bush administration to commit public funds to the Wall Street bailout exposes the duplicity behind objections that the Broader, Bolder proposal for education reform is too expensive.