From Felix Salmon, refereeing a skirmish in the ed wars between Steven Brill and Diane Ravitch:
As a general rule, anybody who thinks that anything about education reform is “simple and obvious” is wrong.
Words of wisdom. It's not unions, it's not teachers, it's not the curriculum, it's not funding, it's not charter schools, it's not poverty, it's not testing, and it's not poor parenting. It's all those things. Anyone who gets too obsessed with only one or two pieces of the ed system is just guaranteeing that they'll never understand what's going on.