It was very sweet to see Dick Schutz defend Nancy Flanagan in the comments of this post.
Though normally ideological foes, they’ve found some common ground: they’re both statists when it comes to how our public schools should be run. Schools should be run by the state with schools operating as monopolies in geographic based districts. Competition. None.
They both claim not to like the status quo and that reform is needed. Specifically, they both believe that instructional reform is needed. However, their views on education reform are diametrically opposed.
Dick is a a code lovin’ instructivist. Nancy is a whole language lovin’ constructivist.
And, unfortunately, in their preferred statist system only one of them gets to run the show. The other gets to complain from the sidelines.
It makes for a good illustration why our present system is incompatible with real reform. They both want reform, but want to maintain the present system. This means one of them will have to gain central control of the system and then impose their will on the other. Things would stop being lovey-dovey real quick.
It would make for a great reality show.