Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Does Mitt Romney Want Public Schools To Fail

There's a cheap philosopher joke that goes something like this:

Irishmen's surnames begin with the letter "O";
Barack Obama's surname begins with "O";
therefore, Barack Obama is an Irishman.

It is with some trepidation, therefore, that I begin with the following phrasing:

Mitt Romney is an venture capitalist.
Some venture capitlists want public schools to fail in order to make a profit:
The investors gathered in a tony private club in Manhattan were eager to hear about the next big thing, and education consultant Rob Lytle was happy to oblige.
Think about the upcoming rollout of new national academic standards for public schools, he urged the crowd. If they're as rigorous as advertised, a huge number of schools will suddenly look really bad, their students testing way behind in reading and math.
Writing for Business Insider, Stephanie Simon continues:
The K-12 market is tantalizingly huge: The U.S. spends more than $500 billion a year to educate kids from ages five through 18. The entire education sector, including college and mid-career training, represents nearly 9 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, more than the energy or technology sectors.
I'm not going to conclude that Mitt Romney wants public schools to fail. I will merely note that his experience as a venture capitalist is the centerpiece of his campaign; therefore, I do wonder if he will side with those who want to make a profit or those who point out that what is profitible is not necessarily educationally sound when those principles come into conflict.

1 comment:

Mike Larson said...

This is what happens when ALEC gets to write legislation for states. Thanks for the story.