And President Obama? His education reforms are pretty similar to what the Republicans are backing.
It’s not the reforms so much as the partisans. For reasons that are entirely politically understandable, the GOP has taken on the teachers unions. That good men and women who pour their hearts out into the classroom then get villified, in what can only be called a sort of collateral damage. The longer term consequence for such disparaging attacks is the erosion of the professions standing itself. In reducing the teacher to a hired hand (the goal of the Mackinac Center crowd), the same economic conservatives deprive themselves of the resources that they (and the state) need for mutual prosperity.