Mike wrote: We do not have the Russian tradition
>of sending people to far-off dangerous environments to rid society of
>them, but we certainly have our ways of disciplining dissidents.
An interesting example from Chicago in the 1980s, when I lived there: The
central administration (didn't matter who was in charge) didn't like
teachers who were outspoken in criticizing the system or how it was
run. Their solution: to transfer any teacher who spoke out to a school in
one of city's "worst" neighborhoods. As a result, these schools often
ended up with really good faculties, or at least faculties who were not
docile. I'm sure that this benefited the students in these schools, even
if their test scores didn't reflect the quality of the teaching.
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