Missed Congeniality

Kevin Carey gets on the “niceness” meme bandwagon:

“Sometimes interests conflict, and that usually leads to, well, conflict. The case for [DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhees’s] interests is increasingly being made in terms of rising state and national test scores, improved special education, renewed facilities, and more. What, other than vague complaints about disrespect and the bizarre notion that it’s possible to fix the worst school district in America without making people angry, supports the interests of the other side?”

At the core of this argument is the notion that making schools better for children will inevitably conflict with some subset of adult interests.  That’s okay.  And by the way, as a thought experiment, where it is possible to affect change without disrupting existing adult power structures, we probably should.  That’s not the case anywhere I know of, though.

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