Steven Pearlstein has a smart column in the WaPo looking at how the inherent tension between efficiency and equality has been hijacked in our current political debate about fiscal policy. You could also argue that the opposite of what Pearlstein is talking about – getting the balance wrong the other way – is happening in the debate about education innovation.
Elsewhere at the WaPo Valerie Strauss posts a column ostensibly to show the folly of Common Core’s focus on actual texts and their context. It was immediately circulated by Common Core critics on the left and right. But, if you know your history (and even if you’re skeptical of formulaic curriculum, which Common Core is not) you’ll see it inadvertently highlights the need for such a focus.