Again, there are many good reasons to think that the federal government is poorly suited to the task of determining K-12 education policy. But do you know what the federal government is actually very well-suited for, what it’s particularly competent to do? Stimulating the economy, lowering unemployment, alleviating poverty, and mitigating the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth. The federal government is perfect for that job! But on those issues, it sits on its hands, while telling us that “the only way to end poverty is through education.” Give me a break.
See Matt Bruenig here and Freddie deBoer here. Also me here.