Thoreau looks at charter schools and other educational “reform” movements. He is not impressed.
Here’s a bit:
Everybody is hoping for a magic formula in education, from preschool to the highest levels of graduate study. They want something that will solve hard problems, problems as old as human nature, and solve them cheaply. They want a solution that can be passed on to masses of instructors who have been through the right training, and they want the training to be fast enough and scalable enough that the skilled instructors can be made in mass quantities and thus rendered cheap through the laws of supply and demand (which are as old and inviolable as the rule that all magic comes at a price). And, of course, they want the magic formula to be something that they can brand and patent and profit from as they teach the teachers. People with money and power are prepared to reward charlatans, but they will banish from their sight anyone who tells them that this is hard and is not subject to mass production.
Read the whole thing. It will be two minutes well spent.