An Interesting Definition of Character

By way of Atrios, we come across this little slip of the tongue by a director of Democrats for Education Reform (boldface mine):

Yet collecting educational data is important for the future of education and can help define the the character of a town, said Nicole Brisbane, state director at Democrats for Education Reform.

“Schools are one of the biggest differentiators of value in the suburbs,” she said. “How valuable will a house be in Scarsdale when it isn’t clear that Scarsdale schools are doing any better than the rest of Westchester or even the state? Opting out of tests only robs parents of that crucial data.

That’s a very interesting definition of character. It was once known as property values, but I’m old school like that. Apparently, there isn’t much of an argument to be made educationally, so let’s try an appeal to property values.

I think that’s absolutely the wrong way to go about it, for what it’s worth: well-to-do parents absolutely do not want to educate their own children with a Boot Up the Ass philosophy.

Might be a lesson (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) in that.

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