Missing Class

Though not unrelated issues I’ve long thought that economic mobility and social cohesion are more important reasons to improve our schools than economic competitiveness. (As an aside when I joked with my daughter the other day that if she didn’t work hard in school the Chinese would come and buy everything up her first reaction to that prospect was a wish that they arrive with food.)

Anyway, yesterday’s article in The Wall Street Journal about Proctor and Gamble and the middle class was depressing on that score and should be as much of a wake-up call as a story on international test scores (actually more, in my view).

While you’re at the WSJ, Stephanie Banchero & David Kesmodel turn in an overview of the state of play on value-added measures in education that’s worth checking out.

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