What do calling San Diego Unified the “best urban district” in the nation, throwing shade on America’s Finest City from up north and demanding men to care about diapers and tampons all have in common?
They were among the op-eds we published this year that instantly launched some of the biggest exchanges in our corner of the internet, thoughtful and, at times, heated. We pulled out the arguments that seemed to rile readers the most intensely.
These were the opinions that roused the rabblers in 2014.
San Diego Unified School District has had a rocky few years. Even with a bright-eyed new superintendent, parents, teachers and observers haven’t been holding their breath for instant, dramatic improvement.
But education historian Diane Ravitch disagreed. She went so far as to call San Diego Unified the “best urban district in the nation,” a distinction VOSD’s Scott Lewis said did not bode well for the rest of the country’s public schools.
Ravitch stuck to her guns in a letter responding to Lewis.