Years ago I pointed out that a New York Times article didn’t make much sense. The article was about school choice within the New York City public school system. Like pretty much every experiment in school choice, the results have been underwhelming. More importantly here, the article reflected a simply incoherent conception of what we want from schools in the first place. Consider two excerpts:
Sean P. Corcoran, an associate professor of economics and education policy at New York University, has researched the choice process and how students match. He said that the best option is for students to reach for the best possible school for which they are qualified, and indeed, most students get one of their top choices. But in many cases, students reach either too low or too high.
“The average kid has to be able to get a good education, because most people are average,” Ms. Lewis said. “It’s great that the highfliers are succeeding, and they deserve the chance to succeed. But so do the average kids.”