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I think Volume 3 does a good job of fleshing out a few of the subplots that have been set-up over the course of the series. The one thing I will say though, is that Nina has had a fairly… problematic backstory established. As she becomes better friends with Izumi, Nina opens up about her time in a theatre troupe aged There she met stage director Hisashi Saegusa, who quickly fell for the young Nina and favoured her above the other children. Although Saegusa finds young children inspiring for his work and lusts after young girls, he never once laid a finger on Nina or anyone else as far as I can tell.

The translation reads well and is, as always, problem free. Overall, this volume of O Maidens in your Savage Season brings the series into a comfortable position where it begins to flesh out the story. With the characters learning a lot about themselves and their emotions in this springtime of youth, the manga is still a fantastic read that will keep you eagerly turning the pages.

When she's not watching anime, reading manga or reviewing, Demelza can generally be found exploring some kind of fantasy world and chasing her dreams of being a hero. Overall, O Maidens in your Savage Season is off to a good start. As more of the cast get their chance in the spotlight, my feelings for the series only grow stronger. And if they want to do that, they have a perfect right. But they should not have that right within the public school system.

They'd regard that as being without honor. You wouldn't play baseball that way but you run the school system that way. A point that you make very clearly in your book is that the foundation program for schools provides a level of subsistence—a minimum, or basic education, but not an education on the level found in the rich or middle-class districts.

What we have is not equal funding, but an equal minimum, and the rest of the funding is decided at the local level. You're saying that there's something very wrong with that? There are several things wrong with that. Now the rich district can steal away any teacher it wants. Not in the public system.

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It isn't fair. Do you think that public schools are being abandoned today? For example, there are funding caps, arguments for vouchers for private schools, and efforts to create business-operated schools. Is support for public schools eroding? It's all part of the drive for privatizing the public sphere in the United States. It's a radical movement and it's very powerful. And it's not just in public education.

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It's part of a national pattern. In many big cities nowadays, affluent people vote against the taxes it would take to maintain good public parks and playgrounds. And then they spend the tax money they saved to join private health clubs, which they alone can enjoy. They vote against funds for citywide sanitation but then raise private funds to provide private sanitation simply for their exclusive neighborhood.

They vote against taxation to increase citywide police protection and then hire expensive private security for their condominium. It's part of a pattern. The proposed voucher system is a larger extension of this pattern: cap the money for public schools and pull your own kids out.

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Of course not. The voucher system is the most vicious possible device by which to enable affluent people and middle class people to flee the public system and to bring tax money with them into the private sector. Can you buy tuition to Andover or Exeter or any other good prep school for that? What can you do with that money? Well, if you're affluent, you could use that money to subsidize Andover tuition. If you're marginal middle class, that might just tip the balance and give you enough to pull off the tuition of a middle-grade private or parochial school.

It's a sham to pretend to offer something to the poor when you're really offering a means for the middle class to rescue their children from the taint of the poor.

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If these inner-city public schools were doing a good job, then we wouldn't be talking about vouchers. Look at these schools in Chicago that can't even afford toilet paper.

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That's why we need vouchers. I want to talk about practices that, in addition to equal funding, would improve the odds for low-income children in urban schools. What would make a difference for at-risk students? Well, let me just say parenthetically, while visiting urban schools, I saw some simply terrific teachers, some really wonderful school principals, and some excellent superintendents. But I purposely did not write a book where I highlighted these great exceptions because I've seen terrific exceptions for 25 years, and I don't want to waste my time pretending any longer that terrific exceptions represent a systemic answer to these problems.

There are thousands of small victories every day in America, but I've seen too many small victories washed away by larger losses.

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School principals are always grateful if you write that kind of book, but I just didn't want to do it. What would make a significant difference? Number 1: We ought to stop fooling around about preschool and do it at last after a quarter century. And make sure that every child gets that for at least two years, every low-income child. That's one thing. Number 2: I would abolish the property tax as the basic means of funding and replace it, as I said before, by equitable funding for every American child deriving from a single federal source.

Number 3: I would provide an increment in funding for the low-income inner-city and rural schools. I would encourage the present drive for site-based management to increase local school autonomy. I would encourage the decentralization of school systems so that teachers, principals, parents, and sometimes students themselves could have more input into determination of curriculum, for example.

I would like to see a more sweeping decentralization of school administration, but in saying that, I want to be very cautious. I'm not implying that most of our school superintendents are incompetent, and I'm certainly not implying that inefficiency is the major problem in the public school system. There is a lot of inefficiency, but the big issue is abject destitution. It's a lack of enough money. It's interesting. People will tell you big inner-city school systems are poorly administered and that there's a lot of waste.

They never say that about the rich suburban school districts.

The spotlight shines only on the impoverished district. You mentioned site-based management. Many educators are urging that schools be restructured. They believe that site-based management offers communities a chance to run schools more efficiently. Do you agree? I encourage more site-based management, but to me that's a secondary issue.