"The biggest challenge now facing public education is our fiscal crisis. But it is hard to imagine how you, as educators, can urge the public to provide more money to schools if you fail to challenge, as vociferously as you can, the false charge that schools are failing. Why should the public increase support for a failing institution? If you believe public education deserves greater support, as I do, you will have to boast about your accomplishments, because voters are more likely to aid a successful institution than a collapsing one."
The fantasies driving school reform: A primer for education graduates
Richard Rothstein gives a commencement speech that unpacks the conventional wisdom driving education policy and finds that it doesn’t always resemble the truth.