Blogger Matt Farmer thinks that the maintaining an island of diversity in Chicago's magnet programs stands little chance and does not enough good considering how segregated Chicago and its schools are (Diversity Won't Save Chicago's Public Schools). Columnist Dennis Byrne thinks that anything other than geography or merit is a scheme not worth continuing (What really sent public education into a tailspin). I think they're both wrong. When it comes to diversity, Chicago public schools make Chicago look like a Benetton ad. Let's not let things get so much worse than society at large while we wait for a solution. And while I understand that desegregation talk and educationese is off-putting to many, there are just too many reminders of how ineffective and destructive the unfettered free market can be to take Byrne's suggestion seriously.
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