If the Los Angeles Compact's public education reform proposals
that Professor Charles Kerchner talks about in his Huffington Post
or any other proposed public education reform has any chance of
bringing a "dollop of hope" to public education, it must concentrate on
causal factors of present public education failure and not monitoring the effects one at a
timeafter the fact when the horse is already out of the barn. The
"parochialism and pettiness" will not be stopped unless the soil in
which it has flourished for generations is treated to make it toxic for
such counter productive behavior.
Just because you don't see anything new right now doesn't mean we aren't trying. Quite the opposite. We're actually working on something gigantic. So gigantic, in fact, that we'll probably get in some sort of trouble (to be determined at a later date). In the meantime we'll distract you with this list of stories the LA Times won't cover -- no matter how many times we ask.