The Economist Needs To Learn More About Arne Duncan

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 9, 2009

I like the Economist, and while I am shamefully behind in reading it, it remains one of my favorite magazines. But its profile of Arne Duncan is just awful. In the course of making excessively complimentary comments about the new Education Secretary, the Economist gives us the following passage:

. . . Mr Duncan did much to consolidate his reputation as a reformer on May 6th, when the White House announced that it will try to extend Washington, DC’s voucher programme until all 1,716 children taking part have graduated from high school. The Democrat-controlled Congress has been trying to smother the programme by removing funding. But Mr Duncan has vigorously argued that it does not make sense “to take kids out of a school where they’re happy and safe and satisfied and learning”. He and Mr Obama will now try to persuade Congress not to kill the programme.

Read this, this, this, this, and this, and follow all links contained therein.

Then, come back and tell me how much of a reformer Arne Duncan is.

UPDATE: Megan McArdle rightfully piles on.

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