“Why Hitler Lost the War”
(Guest post by Greg Forster)
Reviewing Oprah’s segment on Waiting for Superman, Jay Matt [oops] just announced that the war of ideas is over and the unions have lost.
Hmm, where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah, that’s right – I’ve been saying it for a year and a half.
Permission to come aboard, granted!
The unions are primed for a major defeat. If you listen carefully, you can actually hear the voice-over from Mortal Kombat crying out “FINISH HIM!”
What the movement needs now is a fearless, dynamic organizational leader with a smart plan to get a truly universal voucher program (no more watering it down) enacted in a state in the next, say, three years, and who’s determined to spend the next three years doing nothing but putting that plan into action. There are states where that can happen. But it won’t happen unless somebody picks up the ball.
Or am I just waiting for Superman?
It wasn’t Jay who copied off your paper, it was me this time!
Oops! Sorry. But as I’ve always said when people make that mistake with me, there are few honors as high as being mistaken for Jay P. Greene.
Greg, you are spot on and I am with you 100%. Untapped strategies do exist for the education industry that have worked rapidly in others with similar challenges. I have carefully documented some with notable parallels and significant promise. Three years sounds about right. What’s really fascinating is what happened immediately afterward in these cases.