Column: School reform foes blind to our failings


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My local paper recently published an opinion piece criticizing virtually all recent education reform efforts, including those by the Bush, Obama, Daniels and Pence administrations. The piece was naively rich with irony and demands the resistance of facts.

The writer touted her credentials as a 37-year veteran of teaching, a meritorious achievement to be sure. She argues for an end to reforms (which is, of course, yet another reform).

What she wishes, it appears, is for the teaching profession to be in charge of schooling and for elected officials to steer clear of the matter. One irony of this is that she now teaches in Blackford County, a place of historically dismal educational conditions mirroring large swaths of Mississippi.

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