Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Reason for optimism?

There's nothing wrong with occasional boosterism, especially from politicians (who are particularly prone to it). Normally I can just let it slide. But this sentence from state Rep. Randy McDaniel today in The Oklahoman is a head-scratcher:
Oklahomans have many reasons to be optimistic about the future, including low unemployment, quality schools and affordable homes.

Low unemployment and affordable homes, yes. But "quality schools" that give Oklahomans reason to be "optimistic about the future"?

Oklahoma's education system is among the worst in the country, and even our "best" school districts are mediocre by international standards. Moreover, there's precious little in the trend lines to give Oklahomans reason for optimism.

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