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Today at TPM Cafe's Book Club, Diane Ravitch makes the case against the modern education reform movement, as argued in her book Reign of Error:
In the early years of the twenty-first century, a bipartisan consensus arose about educational policy in the United States. Right and left, Democrats and Republicans, the leading members of our political class and our media elite seemed to agree: Public education is broken. Our students are not learning enough. Public schools are bad and getting worse. ... There is only one problem with this narrative. It is wrong.
When someone of Nelson Mandela's stature, historic significance and personal greatness dies, there's really nothing to say for most of us that isn't trite or unneeded. That seems especially so in this case in which Mandela's passing has elements of a blessing in human terms, given his great age and deep enfeeblement and apparent suffering. But after a day of absorbing this expected news, there is one thing I would like to add: violence. And I mean that in a good way.
For Obama supporters, if there was one thing sweeter on election night than the President's reelection, it was Fox News collective and very public meltdown with Karl Rove practically threatening to take the Fox News election counters hostage until they admitted that Romney could still win Ohio. David Folkenflik has written a new book about the Murdoch media empire where all this stuff gets discussed, some of the details of which he's been sharing with us this week in TPMCafe Book Club. Here's part of his look at that golden night ...