New York: day 442

Diane Ravitch takes superman-waiting Davis Guggenheim’s Chuck Yeager metaphor to task:

Guggenheim seems to believe that teachers alone can overcome the effects of student poverty, even though there are countless studies that demonstrate the link between income and test scores. He shows us footage of the pilot Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier, to the amazement of people who said it couldn’t be done. Since Yeager broke the sound barrier, we should be prepared to believe that able teachers are all it takes to overcome the disadvantages of poverty, homelessness, joblessness, poor nutrition, absent parents, etc.

Lest we forget, Yeager is now best known for suing his children. Wait a tick, could that be an unexplored salve for America’s schools?

Unrelated: The dietary habits of Brian Williams as revealed through the NYT midterms liveblog.

8:00 P.M. |Carr: The Network Anchor Quiz, Part 3 (Bad Food Edition): What do you eat during the evening?

Brian Williams, NBC: “Banana-flavored Power Bars, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, carrot sticks, Coke, Red Bull, Propel (grape flavor). I have the food and drink habits of an 11-year-old. Always have. Always will.”

12:42 A.M. |Carr: Network Anchor Quiz, Part 6 … So how do you take your coffee?

Brian Williams, NBC: “Not a big coffee drinker.”

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