(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
So the recent closing of BAEO has me reflecting a bit. The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program passed in 1990, followed by the first charter school statute in 1991 in Minnesota. This makes the choice movement a millennial. Like many millennials, the education choice movement is still a little rough around the edges, still a little up in the air about whether she’s going to pull it all together. She does show promise, but just might be holding herself back despite some lessons learned the hard way that she does not quite, really want to confront and accept. Lessons like:
- It’s counter-intuitive but if you want to help poor kids with choice it is best to include everyone.
- Central planning efforts can and do backfire, even when your intentions are good.
- When you go outside and talk to normal people you learn important things away from the reformosphere bubble.
- Politics has some basic rules-know them.
Needless to say, there are more, which you can add in the comments. I for one am optimistic that our sometimes out of sorts millennial is going to make it after all.