Joe Clark discusses the "woes and vexations" of public education in this circa 1982 interview. This man is indeed a national treasure, but as a black republican he is underappreciated by the masses. My friend and fellow blogger Attorneymom actually attended Eastside HS when Mr. Clark was principal so she can attest to the fact that he is indeed a reckoning force.
I wonder why there aren't more Joe Clarks in public education? I think the closest thing we have to it at this point in time is Michelle Rhee.