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In the Thrall of the Billionaire Boys Club

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It has the potential to become Barack Obama’s Vietnam.  Not the Gulf oil spill, serious though that is. Nor Afghanistan. Other people’s mistakes are one thing.  The ones that haunt forever are the ones you make yourself.  I mean the system of public education.  Remember the recipe for a policy disaster? Start with a handful of policy intellectuals confronting a stubborn problem, in love with a Big Idea. Fold in a bunch of ambitious Ivy League kids who don’t speak the local language. Churn up enthusiasm for the program in the gullible national press – and get ready for a