Susan Jacoby - One Classroom, From Sea to Shining Sea - NYTimes.com

Nationwide testing is useless unless it is based on a curriculum consensus reached by genuine experts in the subjects being taught — yes, the dreaded “elites.” That is how public education is administered in nearly all industrialized nations throughout Europe and Asia, whose students regularly outperform Americans in reading comprehension, science and math.

Susan Jacoby weighs in on national standards and teacher quality, in a rather convincing fashion.