There are many fine reasons to consider at least some aspects of a choice system. But we can't have those conversations until and unless we drop the financial fantasies and are honest about the true cost.
One of the biggest problems with running a restaurant is the cook. The cook (or if we're getting fancy, the chef) is a trained professional with a unique skill set. The cook can be expensive to pay and hard to manage because the cook can always get a new job, but it's a challenge for the restaurant to find a new cook. What's an investor in the food industry to do?
We've hammered Duncan for what he's gotten wrong. But as teachers, we know that you don't foster improvement by focusing on the negatives. Can we come up with some suggestions for what Duncan should do?
One of the most striking features of the ongoing debate about the future and direction of American public education is the absence of teacher voices.