And on the issue of curriculum, this Russ Whitehurst paper is important (pdf). But, while I think Russ’ point on Bedouins and water-skiing is often right, I’m not sure when curriculum and reforms like choice, teacher quality, etc…became either/or? Most thoughtful people get that there isn’t anything out there right now that’s going to move the needle on achievement where this nation needs it to be, so we need progress on multiple issues.
Update: To be clear, I wasn’t implying that Russ made this issue either/or, his paper is measured. The link was to the Robert Pondiscio post for a reason.