“If Burger King is struggling to sell hamburgers, the answer is not to close down McDonald’s and Wendy’s,” Cotter said. “But rather, Burger King needs to raise their game. They need to improve the quality of the product they’re putting out there. ... We need to improve (education) quality — and then the rest takes care of itself.”
The truth is everybody's "struggling to sell hamburgers" and quality has become a relative term that centers around systematically destroying Burger King so McDonald's and Wendy's become "the choice" by default.
Children are people, not product. His analogy says it all...schools have become businesses that put profit over people. Since when does anyone think that letting McDonald's and Burger King compete has increased the quality of the food they sell? If we're going to have our schools in an all-out, unregulated competition, we should expect the same quality of education that we get from fast food - cheap and greasy.
Schools are not fast food restaurants and the children they are educating are not hamburgers. We can't compete and cost cut our way to success on this one. Education is a public good and a public necessity. We should have a say in what happens in our schools because they belong to all of us, and our communities will rise and fall on the quality of our education system. That's what school accountability means - a voice for all of us, not just the wealthy few. It's time for Michigan to stand up for school accountability.