I can tell I will have a lot of things to say about this piece, but briefly:
- Hey, Joel! BOO! Based on my read of the article, Klein just had a heart attack because a scary teacher from the scary teachers' union just scared him.
- Joel claims a whole mess of teachers have told him how they hate their jobs and don't do any work but are just hanging on for their pensions. LIE. Like any teacher in his or her right mind is going to tell their Chancellor - who spent years itching to cut teacher pensions - that.
- Joel neglected to mention that teacher salaries are capped. He suggests that some teachers are making hundreds of thousands of dollars. They aren't. He was, though!
- Joel claims he has a proprietary secret NYPS study that shows teachers don't work very much. He is citing a secret data source you can't see. I'm going to call that another LIE. If you have those data, prove it.
- Joel doesn't really get state-level funding AT ALL, but the way he heard it I will be rolling around in my pile of state money as I always do come August.
- Hey, Joel? Even Bill Gates has had to publicly take back the teachers-more-important-than-anything-else claim. That would be because it's WRONG.
- Erik Hanushek is at the Hoover Institute, which is located at, but not actually part of Stanford University. It is a notorious right-wing think tank, Joel, which frankly is pretty obvious from the name. Of course, you cite several pundit party organizations without mentioning their bias.
- There are some real acts of targeted bad statistics in the article, but I'll get into that when I finish the piece.