Claus von Zastrow has written a great blog post titled Taking the Easy Way Out. He talks about the recent tendency of journalists (who really should know better) to claim there are easy answers to some of the challenges facing our schools.
His post is really a commentary on another excellent written by Kevin Carey titled The Terrible Power Of Dumb Ideas.
As Claus writes:
Carey reminds us that tough problems require complex solutions: “The high school dropout problem is serious business. We can do better, if we focus on improved funding, leadership, teachers, curriculum and assessments tied to high standards, alignment with higher education, integration of social services, virtual high schools, and many other things”-like professional development and public engagement. When solutions are so multifaceted, it’s harder to tell tales about villains in the way of progress.
There’s more than enough responsibility to go around.