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By centering their recent reforms in the classroom, the states have kept the faith with the importance of teaching. Teachers certainly deserve the attention. But the breathless observation that "it all comes down to the classroom" is too simple a solution to the problems in education. If the lesson of the 1960's was that the federal government cannot drive the system from the top down, the lesson of the 1970's should have been that neither can it be led from the bottom up.
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