Bonus: Premium quotes after the jump…
Here are a couple of quotes from The Economist’s premium($) archives.
Whether it’s South Carolina or Merry Ol’ England, politicians are, uh, not-so-great at ensuring that every student has a decent education:
ALL the prattle about school choice, beloved of New Labour and Tories alike, is meaningless to a child who ends up with no choice but to attend a failing school. And although failing schools are less numerous than they once were, there are still a lot of them around: 1,557, according to the National Audit Office (NAO), educating nearly a million children.
Also, the results are the same on either side of the pond as well. How are they looking? Not positive:
JEFFREY LEWIS didn’t learn much at the Booker T. Washington high school in Miami. There was a lot of fighting, says his mother. If the teachers tried to do anything, someone interrupted. By the time [the students] got through talking about their brand name [clothes], it’s another period, she maintains. It wasn’t a school, just a place to hang out.
Bright but shy, Jeffrey kept his head down and got Ds and Fs. But then, using a voucher scheme aimed at helping Florida children escape from failing inner-city schools, he moved to a private school, where his grades are now excellent. Unfortunately for him, the Florida Supreme Court last week struck down the voucher scheme that rescued him. …
[Both quotes are from the January 12, 2006 print edition of The Economist]