A special place in hell
From The Center for Education Reform newswire today:
For all those literature buffs out there, Colorado House Education Committee Chairman Mike Merrifield is offering a refresher course on Dante Alighieri's Inferno. Or his own interpretation. Rep. Merrifield (D-Manitou Springs) sent an email last week to Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Sue Windels that said, "There must be a special place in hell for these privatizers, charterizers and voucherizers. They deserve it." Within hours, and after protests from the education reform community in Colorado, Merrifield stepped down as Chairman of the Education Committee. Merrifield claimed that he sent the email from a personal account and didn't know it would ever be seen. As they say, the devil's in the details.
Well, Merrifield has the first part right -- there is indeed a special in hell for some of those involved in the education arena. He just has the culprits wrong -- it's for those who defend a indefensible status quo, screwing our most vulnerable children for their own gain.