OK, it’ s not “The Proud Tower” (although some days the education debate does have a Verdun-like sensibility) but David Whitman goes Huffie to report on “The Looming Battle On Education Reform” and it’s worth reading through it. Some important points buried in it including the basic calculus between the two primary reform camps.
But again, I think the “No Excuses” framing is counterproductive and “whatever it takes” is more apt. It’s a subtle but important distinction. The best schools don’t succeed with challenging students because of sheer force of will. Rather, they succeed because they are intentional about every aspect of the school and also relentless about execution. They don’t tolerate excuse-making, of course, but there is much more than that to their success.