The Administration needs to right the ship. An immediate reauthorization is unlikely. Yet, a lot of good can be done to move the reform agenda and re-build the reform consensus that existed when [the No Child Left Behind Act] was passed. Duncan should cut the drama, quit the desperation moves, and reach out broadly for problem solving rather than scoring political points. If he would do so, he might get back on course.

Sandy Kress, the man who crafted No Child a decade ago, rightfully chastising U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s mess of an effort to push for its reauthorization. Dropout Nation will discuss what the next No Child should look like on Sunday’s podcast.

No, Professor Pallas, I don’t think knowledge resides in kids and, like iron ore, all we need to do is carefully extract it. What I do think is that our schools, and especially our teachers, need to do a much better job of educating our kids – that is, teaching them the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in the 21st century.  As I put it in my piece, “teachers matter, big time.”

Former New York City schools czar Joel Klein slaps around Aaron Pallas for crafting his most-recent claptrap.