When you use any available logic to oppose something, you find yourself saying funny things. In the charter school debates, the latest example making the rounds is this gem:
– Wall Street people are giving away their money to charter schools. All they care about is profit!
It joins a list of other classic absurdities, including:
– Charter schools shouldn’t be expanded; they serve too few children.
– Charter schools don’t make enough difference on standardized tests, which are meaningless.
– Charter schools are underregulated ñ just look at the problems the regulators caught!
And my personal favorite:
– Charter schools are drawing too much attention, as I explain at length in my book.
So what’s the real logic behind opposition to charter schools? As Mr. Berra once put it, “You can observe a lot just by watching.”