“The Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” Parental Choice Version
The debate with Sol Stern over education reform has taken a poetical turn. Andrew Coulson parodies the Pirates of Penzance to make the point that effective choice systems exist in other parts of the world (such as India and Kenya):
They are private, parent-funded, and they outperform the public schools,
After application of the best econometric tools.
He also mentions that education markets for after-school tutoring are thriving in the U.S.:
Just think of “Kumon” here at home or of the “Sylvan” chain.
They thrive and make a profit ’cause the ed. monopoly’s inane.
You can watch the original scene from the operetta here.