Per all this innovation debate, I think Mike Petrilli missed the point of my post entirely. Despite Mike’s assertion, the point is not that an Obama team will be so much smarter than the Bush team, you’ll search in vain for that point because I would not make it. There are smart and well-intentioned people on all sides of these debates and there have been some very good people working on education in the current administration and they got plenty of things right.
The point is that the policy history here is not always deterministic and we should not over-learn lessons. A new team at the Department of Education will have the opportunity to learn from the past eight years and make their own new mistakes rather than repeating old ones. When it goes right that’s how it generally works for most administrations and while it’s not always pretty, it is progress.