In the July 3, 2015 “Notable and Quotable” column, the Wall Street Journal honors the school reformer, Marva Collins, who died this week at age 78, by resurrecting a 1982 opinion piece about her authored by Paul Gigot. Collins was a fearless supporter of funded tuition vouchers, and herself a celebrated teacher. Opponents charged that she was seeking to cripple public education, and thereby “played into the hands of the right wing,” in the words of a prominent Chicago Tribune columnist, who was “incensed” by her.
“Notable and Quotable” asserts that the columnist himself (later affiliated with the Chicago Sun-Times), acknowledged that, owing to gang fears, “he sent his two sons, now adults, to parochial schools…"
One of those sons became a prominent physician in Chicago, though he died tragically at age 40 in 1993, from a heart attack. The physician was Dr. William Robert Jarrett, and the columnist was his famous father, Vernon Jarrett.
One could add that Dr. William Jarrett was the husband of White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, who kept the name and the attachment to her famous father-in-law after a 1988 divorce, as she rose in Chicago political circles. She, and the Administration she now serves, do not appear to be supporters of school vouchers -- at least, for others.
Scott Walker may not be a candidate for president yet, but the Wisconsin governor’s growing political action committee staff is already going after a potential rival in the Republican primary. GOP strategist Liz Mair, CNN reports, has just signed on to consult for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC, doing outreach to bloggers and other digital media outlets.
Scott Walker was never going to win fans among the faculty at the University of Wisconsin. Four years ago, Wisconsin professors were in the state capitol protesting the governor’s plans to limit public employee collective bargaining powers. But, boy, did he make enemies this month when he proposed $300 million more in budget cuts to the state’s university and altering the words of the school’s mission. Walker has clearly made some tactical missteps in recent weeks—and the fact that he himself doesn’t have a college degree doesn’t add to his credibility.
At the conclusion of the latest installment of the endless Arab war against Israel, the leaders of Hamas simultaneously accused Israel of “genocide” against the residents of Gaza and took to the streets, dancing, ululating, and jubilating in celebration of their “victory” over the Zionist enemy. That is to say, what the novelist Thane Rosenbaum called Hamas’s “civilian death strategy”—deliberately bringing about the greatest possible number of Arab (as well as Jewish) deaths—had achieved a political triumph in the court of world opinion.
Time magazine has a cover story out that's causing a fair amount of outrage, but for all the wrong reasons. The story is headlined, "Rotten Apples: It's nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher. Some tech millionaires may have found a way to change that." Since then, some 70,000 people signed an online petition calling for a public apology over Time's supposed smearing of teachers. Time has sensibly invited a series of responses to the piece on its website.