Health Care Big, Education Small
Whatever you may think of the Bush health care proposal being rolled out this week, it's hard not to notice how much bigger and bolder it is than pretty much anyone's education proposals, whether they be to fix NCLB or to develop national standards. To get something that big and transformative in education, you'd have to look at a nationwide universal preschool program, the elimination of local school districts (or teachers unions), or a Constitutional amendment giving everyone the right to an adequate education. But so far as I know, no one powerful is talking about these things right now. What we ARE talking about seems so puny by comparison.
UPDATE: The lack of bold solutions is just as bad at the state level, writes Joe Williams at The Chalkboard (though I'm guessing that some universal pre-K proponents would take issue with him).