from the quill of Antisthenes
Mention the TIME, and people ask, is it still published? The solidly left, politically correct and morally bankrupt publication well past its “Best before” time is struggling for survival, but now and then you can pick up a copy in a library. Still, otherwise dull resident pontificator Joe Klein managed to write in (As goes Wisconsin, …So goes America; TIME Vol.177 No.9) something relatively sensible: “The teachers, especially, became a reactionary force when it came to school reform – opposing charter scrolls (in Detroit, the union blocked a $125 million private contribution to build five new charter schools) and merit pay; they lashed themselves to strict seniority rules more appropriate to assembly-line workers than would-be professionals. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been trying to negotiate a deal whereby layoffs, if necessary, would not be made on the last-hired, first-fired basis.”So you’d rather have them lay off the more experienced teachers?” a Wisconsin teacher asked me. No: teachers should be hired and fired and paid according to their ability.”But who judges that?” the teacher asked. Their employers do, I replied. The teacher scoffed; the idea that school principals should be able to decide who should be part of their workforce seems incomprehensible to most teachers – and yet that sort of accountability is at the heart of any system that aspires to excellence.” One thing is not clear to me. Should we write – as goes America, so goes Australia, or as goes Australia, so goes America ?