We are unique in pursuing so much testing, punitive measures against schools and teachers, and the creation of so many independent charter schools. At the same time, we are ignoring financial inequality among schools and school districts.
For too long, we have seen our manufacturing jobs shipped overseas with little investment to retrain workers. We have seen high local taxes stifle entrepreneurship. It's time that we -- the people of Detroit -- take charge of our city's future.
Americans say they strongly believe in exceptional educational systems. They want their kids to attend college and get prestigious jobs, but they seem lost in what can only be described as "magical thinking."
America was founded, and has flourished, as a land of opportunity, a place where, by working hard and seizing opportunities, each generation can do better than the last. But now, this very American notion seems frayed.