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Choosing Arne Duncan

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President-Elect Obama's choice of education secretary has drawn praise from both Democrats for Education Reform and the National Education Association, two organizations that don't often see eye to eye. His decision certainly muddies the storyline repeated ad nauseam by national commentators: namely, that Obama would have to choose sides in The Great War between the Reformers and the Establishment.

Of course, that story relied on reductive accounts of reform championed by comic-book protagonists who inhabit a world without tradeoffs.

If all goes well, we may be in for a more thoughtful, inclusive and constructive national discussion on how to tackle the most daunting challenges facing public schools.

Hope springs eternal.

Picture credit: Harvard Magazine