Education Reform
Charter Mania Hits Detroit
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This is exactly how a free market makes things better. It’s the “feedback of competition” that forces continuous improvements in Quality, Service, and Price. This mad scramble to convince parents that their kids will be better schooled at one school over another, is what is missing from the education monopolies all over the rest of the country. Detroit has just revealed a silver lining, in a couple of years the best K-12 schools in the country will be in Detroit.

    • Fred

      Not necessarily, JL. Schools could attract students by relaxing standards so that every student gets good grades, by cheating on standardized tests so that students look better than they are, and in other ways that appeal to parents but do not result in better education for their children. It is naive in the extreme to think that alone among human institutions the free market is perfect.

      • Kehvan

        I’m laughing to hard to mount a serious response to you… I’ll check back in awhile to see if someone’s done it yet, and if not, I’ll try to if I can stop laughing at you.

      • William T Quick

        Not perfect, perhaps, but better than any other economic mechanism yet devised for valuing goods and services.

      • cpaforerp

        That sounds like a regular public school to me. Also, if a private or charter school produces bad results, colleges and employers will took askance at its alumni.

      • teapartydoc

        Markets are markets. They make no claim to perfection. In fact, they make no claims at all. People make claims about markets, just as you have done. What a market is is a mechanism whereby knowledge gained about whatever commodity is available in that market is dispersed and churned by the people engaged in using that market. The degree to which the information gleaned from the mechanism benefits those engaged depends on the size of the market and the depth of information available. The fallacy of progressive thinking is that this kind of information can be abstracted and predicted by a “brain trust” and foisted off on an ignorant public. Just how bad the results of this fallacy are depends on the degree of interference and the size of the market involved. The greater the interference, the more distorted the market, the bigger the market, the more destructive small amounts of interference are. The history of the world is replete with examples. The biggest lies in the universe are those that say they can create a system that works better than a market. Think about what you just said, look in the mirror, and slap yourself as hard as you can. You deserve it.

  • Pete

    “… in a couple of years the best K-12 schools in the country will be in Detroit.”

    Impossible!

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