David Brooks writes that our national debate should not be about the size of government–it should be about the effectiveness of government. Will it achieve our goals? Will it spur achievement and investment by Americans.
Hmmmmm, sounds to me a lot like education, and especially, special education. In special education, we argue endlessly about how much time, how many services, how often, etc. The inputs. The size of programs. The costs. etc.
We don’t focus nearly enough attenion on the outputs. Does the program work? Is it achieving the goals? In short, does it help the child learn more?
As Mr. Brooks writes in the broader context, the debate should be about the quality and effectiveness of serivdes, not the quantity of them. Hear hear! http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/04/opinion/04brooks.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=homepage
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