We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"One important implication of our analysis is that for many institutions, demand-side market pressure may not compel investment in academic quality, but rather in consumption amenities," write the authors, three University of Michigan scholars.
Well, yeah -- if the customers don't want academic excellence and do want lighted soccer fields, that's where the demand-side pressure is going to be. Especially if parents are dumb enough to let the kids be the "customer"; i.e., the parents write the check but the kid makes the choice.
and if not, the parents will select based on grade lists, percentage of graduates, etc. which means curiculums are watered down to the point where they're worthless (and/or teachers are pressured to not give failing grades and "difficult" tests).