Nicholas Kristof wrote an article defending Bridge International Academies’ for-profit schools in Africa. I disagreed with him here. He responded on Twitter by saying, if you want to judge, go visit a government school. His article asserted that when government doesn’t do its job, private enterprise should step in.

A reader calling him/herself “NYC Public School Parent” distilled Kristof’s arguments and shows why his solution is no solution. Please feel free to send this commentary to Kristof on Twitter:

“Shorter Nicholas Kristof:

“The government has failed to carry out its mission to teach all students. So I am going to promote a private corporation offering to teach the richest students who can afford the fees and ignore how many students drop out and then marvel at the “studies” that show amazing success.

“Shorter Nicholas Kristof:

“I support Trumpcare replacing Obamacare which has failed to make every American healthy. I am truly astonished and in awe of those private insurers who are willing — for a fee– to insure any American who is healthy and I won’t notice that when they are no longer healthy they get sick. Because I get lots of freebies and invited to rich people’s parties for pretending that allowing a private corporation to pick off the cheapest to teach or cheapest to insure people is a marvelous success!

“Shorter Nicholas Kristof:

“When there is government corruption, it is better to allow the private corporations to get rich. That’s why I believe that Trump’s corruption of the federal government should demand a return to private corporations being allowed to run rampant with no regulations.

“According to Kristof’s ridiculous premise, the answer to Trump’s corruption is to allow private enterprise to run rampant. Because actually supporting the democratic regulations that would prevent such corruption is not something the rich people he likes to hang out with believe and he is happy to agree when it comes to education. He cannot even see how much his piece is what Trump himself believes. When the government is corrupt, the best “fix” is allow private corporations to do whatever they want, says Nicholas Kristof and the entire Republican party.”