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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    Public Schools Against Success

    By Kyle | February 29, 2016

    My Sunday column combines a bunch of my favorite topics, such as the way The New York Times lulls its readers and the brilliance of the charter-school network Success Academy.

    Topics: New York City | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “Public Schools Against Success”

    1. kishke Says:
      March 1st, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      In progressive eyes, blacks who have the gall to send their children to charter schools are sellouts, and are therefore judged to be not really black. For them these are the black lives that don’t matter. They’d rather see these children fail than rethink their liberal pieties.

    2. JimmyC Says:
      March 1st, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Looks like your Kent Brockman-referencing paragraph was accidentally included twice in the article.

      Otherwise, an excellent read. The people of my state (WA) recently approved charter schools, only to have them all shut down by executive order from the teacher’s union-lapdog Democrats in charge. And they’ll probably all get reelected anyway, because if there’s one thing Democrats are good at, it’s voting against their own interests.

    3. Kyle Says:
      March 2nd, 2016 at 8:21 am