“This is a country built over the last 250 years on things like freedom, choice, competition, options, going west, Manifest Destiny – these are the fundamental principles of this country,” he said. “That’s why charter schools make so much sense – high-quality options – in the context of where we are as a country.”
Ruszkowski hit back against comparisons between the United States and countries like Finland, Singapore and Germany, which consistently earn the world’s highest test scores. The state’s teachers unions and some Democratic lawmakers have praised these countries for their progressive approach to teacher collaboration time, professional development and other policies.
While the United States can learn from other education systems, Ruszkowski argued that it must acknowledge its heritage.