Wednesday, October 26, 2005

More White Hat Dirt

Ohio Federation of Teachers celebrates the CD profile with a new story showing the paltry rate of testing at Life Skills schools. Brennan flaks make the usual arguments about how Life Skills is Different.

This feeds into an idea I am developing and will spin out in greater detail in the Monday Back to School posts -- the market for bad education. Remember that charter honks insist that government oversight is unnecessary because the [cue God music] Market will take care of everything. But this assumes that the customers in the market are choosing educational options based on academic rigor or excellence.

Consider this example. Assume you are a high school drop out. You are choosing between a traditional GED program and Life Skills. One is demonstrably easier to skate through based, in part, on the rate of testing.

Which do you choose?