March 23, 2011 4:32 AM

Commentary: Is everything we know about school reform wrong?

By now most Americans are used to those vexing reports that come out periodically showing U.S. students performing well behind their global peers. We've come up with a convenient set of excuses to explain these poor results. We blame teachers unions, or stingy, budget-cutting governments. We complain about the burden of endless testing. Or we shrug and say it's the poor and the immigrants that are dragging down U.S. performance statistics. It can't be helped.

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