I thought this quote from Brian Paldunas, responding to question about magnet schools, was pretty good (which of course, just means I agree with him – maybe we’re both idiots):
I’m fully supportive of a magnet school focusing on math and science at the elementary level. I would not be supportive of a technology/engineering focus, and that’s coming from a chemical engineer. I think in order to address our achievement gap, within the district and our gap to comparable districts, we need to focus on the basics, and to me engineering and technology are not basics. You need to focus on arithmetic, science and core language arts.