People: When Reformers Switch Sides (& Vice Versa)
Some of the flip-flops are bizarrly complete and public -- Ravitch, for example.
Others are partial and more subtle -- Camika Royal, say, or Chicago's Seth Lavin.
To the second category add Philadelphia's Helen Gym, the parent activist who's profiled in a recent edition of Philly Magazine (The Agitator).
Gym battles the Mayor, and the school district. She might run for Mayor on an education agenda.
But she also helped found a charter school (Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures School), is married to one of its board members, and sent her children there.
I don't know anything more about Gym than what I read, but I have to say I like the nuance that's suggested. There are all too few people who admit to having doubts or concerns about whatever views they're espousing -- online, especially -- and even fewer who will admit to compromises or complications in their own lives and decisions.
What about reform critics turned supporters? There aren't any vivid examples that come to mind, but it could be said that many if not most of those past the age of 40 who supports reform positions now (regarding charters, accountability, teacher evaluation) probably started out (ie, grew up) wanting to be for the traditional education system.