And the students in the regular public schools get an utterly inferior education — which all of the mandates are making actually WORSE. While the children of Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Barack Obama, and all the children of all the officers and directors of the boards of all of the large corporations and banks in the US (and abroad) are given educations that are designed to turn them into versatile, will=-rounded individuals with lots of powers of self-motivation, personal initiative, and other touchy-feely individualized stuff – so they can become future rulers of the world as well, if they choose, or else become a craftsperson, a writer, or just a housewife or layabout wealthy heir or heiress.
Whereas, the rigorous no-excuses, SLANT, drill-like, almost military schools run by some of the charter-school chains, while they have their fans and wealthy sponsors, have two extreme strikes against them in my book:
When does teaching to the test become cheating? That is a question people could debate on nuances for a long time… Kinda like anything else involving interactions between people. What’s fair? Says who?