Any regular reader of mine knows that I seldom agree with liberal orthodoxy. For the most part, I just shake my head at the silliness of their dogma. Most of it is too inane to get worked up about. However, there’s one thing they do that really makes my blood boil. While only one of their many hypocrisies, liberal policies on education are not only wrong-headed, they are immoral. They are designed with the intent of keeping poor (often minority) children in poverty, with little hope to reach the American Dream. And, they are so designed because they have to be to satisfy the union machine that feeds the democrat party. It’s a simple equation. They sell the future of poor young people for campaign dollars. Seriously, I do not understand how any liberal who supports the party line on education can sleep at night, knowing what they are doing to these poor children. Study after study shows that a good education is the best way to escape the awful cycle of poverty. And, yet, liberals continue to deny this fundamental need to so many inner city children.
Nowhere is this playing out more publicly than New York. And, there’s no greater hero than Eva Moskowitz (herself a democrat). And, there’s no greater evil than newly elected New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Moskowitz is New York’s educational-reform champion and runs the largest system of charter schools in New York (6,700 students at 22 schools). Do charter schools work? Brace yourself for these numbers. Moskowitz’s Success Academy students, which come overwhelmingly from poor, minority families, scored in the top 1% in math and top 7% in English on the most recent state tests. Like the recent Super Bowl, it ain’t even close.
Despite this undisputed success, the new Mayor campaigned on a promise to stop her and, upon taking office, is doing everything he can to stop the growth of the Success Academy and dismantle the existing schools. I don’t use the word “Evil” lightly because it intones intent that reflects deeply on a person’s soul and their on their character. But, I have no trouble calling a man Evil who builds his political agenda around harming children, especially those children who come from the least advantage and need the most help. That’s pure, unfiltered Evil, with a capital E. Shame on you Bill de Blasio. Shame on you liberals who voted for him.