The United States of Lake Wobegon

[Guest Post by Jason Bedrick]

On the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday, Hillary Clinton said she “wouldn’t keep open any school that’s not doing a better than average job.”

Andrew J. Coulson responds: “Garrison Keillor, please call your office.”

7 Responses to The United States of Lake Wobegon

  1. Greg Forster says:

    Well, they’ve found a way to make something like 40 or so of the states rank 49th out of 50 in education spending; why not make 100% of schools perform above average while they’re at it?

  2. Greg Forster says:

    PS What’s really interesting here is not that a Clinton would say what the crowd wants to hear without stopping to think whether it is or could be true. The real story here is that she’s not stopping to think about whether it will upset her union “allies.” They grow weaker every year.

  3. sstotsky says:

    The authors of ESSA will find a way to keep all below-average schools open. They will simply rename them as above-average schools. It’s been the most effective political strategy in the past 5 years.

    Sandra Stotsky

  4. pdexiii says:

    Because I’m an educator, which I guess is my field of expertise, and I hear a prominent, powerful person seeking the most powerful position in the free world say something as incredibly ignorant as this about my field of expertise it makes me wonder what they know about anything else.
    Even if your handlers told you to say this, you’ve got a set of handlers who don’t know jack about education, and might not know jack about anything else.

    Yikes. Even yiker (?) is, as Mr. Forster says, her union allies hearing her say something this stupid and still dumping money into her campaign. You’d figure after Obama-Duncan they’d learn, but I guess the temptation of sucking on that big government teat again is too great.

    • Greg Forster says:

      What choice do they have? Their jobs are all funded by the big government gravy train. Their only institutional purpose is to extract more and more money from taxpayers while protecting their members from anything that might make them uncomfortable.

  5. Whatever she meant, she confirms what we already know: she cares nothing for the Federal principle.

    • sstotsky says:

      Perhaps send copies of Dr. Cannell’s books as presents?

      Cannell, J.J. (1987). Nationally normed elementary achievement testing in America’s public schools. How all fifty states are above the national average. Daniels, WV: Friends for Education.

      Cannell, J.J. (1989). How public educators cheat on standardized achievement tests. Albuquerque, NM: Friends for Education

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