Now they've been trying lots of ways to accomplish their aims. But the other day I had an epiphany while reading Myron Miner on the Chicago Public Schools and Producerism. at his blog, Last Stand for Children First.
How dumb have I been. Of course! Minor points out that these guys are just versions of Max Bialystock who in Mel Brooks' The Producers comes to the fundamental understanding that if you raise lots of money for a Broadway play that you spend little on while making sure it bombs, you can walk away with the bundle. Brilliant! And as Minor points out, that is exactly what is happening in the public schools. Make 'em so bad that no one wants to go or teach there and walk away with a bundle for all your privatizing friends.
Thus, when I hear people bewail WalBlackBloomKlein over some of the dumbest decision making ever seen, I admonish them to think MAX and his scheme! They have no intention of improving the schools and in fact are demolishing public ed as an institution so they and their pals can take the money and run,
Ed Deformers are anything but dumb. They actually have a plan that over a quarter century they are executing perfectly.
How long before we see a chorus line led by Dennis Walcott at PEP meetings singing "Springtime for Bloomberg and the Upper East Side."