That's why radical reformers so often end up vilified (and frankly, so often end up making some colossal bloomers; institutions are complicated, and reformer's prescriptions are never as complex as the institution they are trying to change).
I think observations like this elevate the debate. They raise the legitimate question of how do we improve a complex system (my view: incrementally and experimentally). But, as Mark has noted, the debate has often drifted into the surreal with even staunch leftists desperately opposing government regulation of education. It is an odd debate.
def: to be heaped with bountiful praise by the national media and occasionally criticized by people you are in the act of firing.
Except, perhaps, in DC where you might lose a primary!ReplyDelete
Possibly, but given the landscape of Fall, 2010, there might be other factors that could have caused an incumbent to lose a primary.ReplyDelete
But I saw a reformer conceding that the model of reform has some over-simplification implicit in it was a step forward. There is a space for evidence based improvement -- I'm just pretty sure they (the current generation of reform advocates) are focusing on the wrong things.