I remember reading an interview with a successful business leader once. It went something like this:
Reporter: What’s the secret of your success?
CEO: Good decisions.
Reporter: How do you make good decisions?
CEO: Good judgment.
Reporter: How did you get good judgment?
CEO: Bad decisions.
I bring this up because yesterday I made a bad decision. May it please lead me to better judgment in the future.
It started on Monday, when I sent a tweet to advertise tomorrow’s Fordham Institute/Hoover Institution/Education Next conference marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Moynihan Report:
This provoked a response from Chris Stewart, a.k.a. @citizenstewart, an African American education reformer. He and I went back and forth on whether the issue of single-parent families was a reasonable topic for discussion among education reformers—especially those of us who are not people of color.
I should have stopped there, and I’m sorry I didn’t.
But Tuesday morning, Education Next published its special Moynihan Report anniversary issue, along with the cover art.
I first saw the cover about a week ago, when a hard copy landed in my inbox. I knew right away that it would be controversial and wondered out loud to some friends and colleagues whether it crossed the line. (More...