My op-ed today, written along with Scot Faulkner, on the controversial comments from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory about liberal arts education — and how McCrory seems to be just one more conservative shouting into the know-nothing conservative echo chamber. Plenty of folks have commented on this, including many friends and colleagues in academia. Our take is a bit different: That McCrory is actually betraying conservative principles. But then again, as Scot and I have been writing over the past weeks, there’s not much left of the conservative movement.
Today, McCrory’s trying to walk back his statements but refuses to acknowledge what he actually said.
Article first published in the Raleigh News & Observer on January 31, 2013.
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A few thoughts here on POLITICO on how the right is (successfully) framing the debate on “school vouchers.” A “voucher” is a chit, a thing you show at the store when you’re owed a refund. Rhetorically, it plays up a completely different concept from the public school, which is by nature a shared, communal venture.
If your public school is failing, do something about it; get involved with the PTA, the School Board, the local member of Congress. It can be done. My mother did it in Falls Church, Virginia, at J.E.B. Stuart High School, which under her leadership as P.T.A. President went from being the lowest performing school in Fairfax County to a success story that generated, among other things, a National Geographic Magazine cover story on how diversity works to boost educational results. If conservatives want to withdraw from community and home school, they are welcome to do so — just don’t ask for a “voucher” on the way out. We are all in this together.
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