The content was not all that interesting (Sorry Economist, you know I love you...) it was about one political party's desire to reform education, what has been tried, what hasn't worked, and how test scores have been affected. If you read one of these, you've read them all. Politician makes decree -- parents comment -- before and after test scores are graphed and analyzed -- public vs. private control is debated -- end of article.
Guess what is always missing from these articles? The classroom teacher's perspective. I know I use this blog to whine about how teachers are often ignored by politicians during the education debate, but I have yet to see an example of how we are not only involved, but actually given an equal seat at the table. Instead, I feel like teachers are looked upon as the army that will implement the policies they had little voice in forming, yet are held directly responsible for them when they fail.
Ask a teacher how she would reform education, I bet the story would be different.