Today the Wisconsin State Journal‘s benighted but never bashful chief editorialist Scott Milfred struggled to say something (anything) useful about Madison school superintendent Dan Nerod’s plan for raising African-American high school graduation rates. Headlined “Narrowing gap will take more than money,” the editorial takes up a seemingly intractable problem.
Like a sophomore at mid-term, given one hour to write something — anything — while actually knowing nothing in particular, Milfred scribbles some tentative back-and-forth and this-and-that into his blue book, and hands it in. It seems a woeful effort.
But it’s worth a C-minus. No one in the exam room did any better. It was a trick question. It was too hard. Nobody — surely, no sophomore — could be expected to have a sure answer. Honestly admitting that would have been worth a B-plus.