THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
Plus, Salon interviews Ravitch: If this is Thursday, we're off on a mission of national import involving the professional development of a superlative group of managers within several departments in the federal government.
We'll return to our sprawling campus tomorrow. For those who are interested in public school issues, we'll recommend Salon's interview with Diane Ravitch, which we will review in detail at some point.
Can we talk? When we read interviews with Ravitch, we sometimes get the feeling that she doesn't know a gigantic amount about the inner workings of public schools. At some later point, we'll discuss what we mean by that. But if our suspicion is correct, she has plenty of company in this general sphere.
We just watched a segment on Morning Joe about the public schools. (Too much emphasis on sports! Good luck changing that.) The segment was premised on the idea that American students "are falling behind" the rest of the world.
The segment was teased that way at least two times. That framework was used to introduce the segment. In fact, American students never ranked at the top of the world on international tests. In the past fifteen years, as international testing has become more common, they have tended to improve their standing as compared to their peers in other nations.
As we watched, we were struck by the routine cluelessness of the upper-end press corps. The performance of American students is a very common topic within the press corps. But there was a table of major pundits, none of whom seemed to know that their framework concerning this basic topic seemed to be grossly misleading.
The framework was misleading, but it did fit the long-established script! So it works in the perfumed realms of the upper-end "press corps."
Tomorrow, we return to our desks. Possibly via Lawrence O'Donnell, did you see what Rand Paul said?
As Lawrence noted, he said some very good things. We expect to go there tomorrow.