FILE CABINET -- Maxfield School ControversyPosted by Craig Westover | 5:29 AM |
Among the many differences between Nick Coleman and the blogging community is that bloggers link to Nick's work so that readers can judge for themselves whether bloggers are accurately reflecting his views -- decide for themselves the knotty issues like whether or not "books in the classroom" can be inferred to mean "textbooks." Nick merely misrepresents.
Below are links to all of the articles that make up "The Maxfield Controversy," including all of Nick's original columns and Maxfield Principal Zelma Wiley's Pioneer Press OP-Ed piece. To Principal Wiley's credit, she posted my column along with her response on the Maxfield web site -- a far more honorable and admirable handling of disagreement than Nick's blatant misrepresentation of my e-mail in response to his criticism. It's all posted below, so you can judge.
Bloggers: I'd urge you to post your links to comments on Maxfield in the comments section. I've linked to some in my posts, but there are many great ones that I missed.
The ball's in Nick's court on the Maxfield issue; personally I hope he moves on to other rants. But school choice is still very much a front burner issue. I hope readers who may have been drawn to fisking will keep coming back to analyze the issue.
Nick Coleman: School's lack of books draws donors, dismay November 14, 2004 Star Tribune
COLUMN -- Moral imperative for school choice @11/24/2004
Nick Coleman: As politicians fiddle, schools do slow burn December 4, 2004 Star Tribune
Zelma Wiley: Maxfield Elementary is succeeding December 7, 2004 Pionner Press
Maxfield principal takes exception to column @12/10/2004
Nick Coleman responds to Maxfield controversy @12/11/2004
READER RESPONSE -- Privatization Zealots @12/13/2004
WARNING -- Bladder-busting humor @12/14/2004
Cutting Nick some slack @12/15/2004
READER RESPONSE -- Fisking the Nickster @12/17/2004
Nick Coleman: School-bashers are absent from school December 19, 2004 Star Tribune
Fire on the roll and target the rigging @12/19/2004
An extra ration of grog for King @12/20/2004
Tell me again, who is part of the problem? @12/21/2004
COLUMN -- Public Education: Is it about the system or the kids? @12/22/2004
A note of appreciation @12/22/2004
Great Debate! @12/23/2004