Where's The Real Divide?

Where's The Real Divide?

Slate's Matt Yglesias says that the real divide among Democrats isn't populism (like Dan Balz and Philip Rucker have argued when looking at bank regulations and tax rates) but rather education reform (Divided Democrats).

"If you want to look at a really significant ideological divide among Democrats, you should look at education" where, among other things, some not insignificant segment of the Democratic party and those who vote Democratic have "come to the view that policies advancing the economic interests of incumbents teachers are themselves a significant impediment to the provision of quality educational services."

However, as Yglesias notes, the reform faction hasn't convinced most other Democrats. "That raises the real possibility that the next Democratic president will stop pushing for tougher teacher evaluations and more charter schools and blah blah and will instead push in the other direction."

 

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