New York Post Bests the Times’ in Education Coverage

February 22, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — Nearly 30 years ago, activist-author Susan Sontag provoked conniptions when she suggested that someone who had read only Reader’s Digest would have had a better understanding of communism than someone who had been reading only the Nation or the New Statesman. Her offense was not primarily political. It was aesthetic—the suggestion that Middle America’s popular Digest could be closer to the truth than the venerable organs of the intellectual left.

Today a similar dynamic characterizes the reporting on big-city public schools. Each year, these schools effectively condemn hundreds of thousands of children, disproportionately Latino and African-American, to a future on the fringes of American prosperity. One reason they get away with it is the lack of a hometown press willing to get into the down and dirty, to treat these rotten schools the way they would a factory polluting the local drinking water.

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