DEBATING STANDARDS

POLITICIANS AND BUSINESS EXECUTIVES AGAIN TRY TO FIX PUBLIC EDUCATION

IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY AKNOWLedged that politicians can with impunity call for better performances from U.S. schoolchildren. Those who are being hectored to pull up their socks and hit those books are too young to vote. So the 41 Governors who assembled last week in picturesque, exurban Palisades, New York, for the two-day National Education Summit had no reason to fear a backlash from their constituents--i.e., registered parents back home.

But that didn't mean that the public sessions and backstage consultations were entirely serene and bromidic. All the Governors, plus the 49 invited executives from some of the largest U.S....

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