We need a diversity of attempted solutions;mistakes must be honored, not attacked.
What if the perfect for which you have spent decades championing really is the enemy of the good?
Children are BORN experts at learning. Poor and rich. They couldn't survive a week if they weren't born intellectuals.
We need to stop having these extreme arguments, between "No excuses!" on one side and "It's all about poverty!" on the other. Poverty matters immensely. Schools matter immensely. Let's get on with addressing both.
After fighting one war after another, at great cost, for democracy, we shame ourselves when we let it slip through our fingers so fast.