But nowhere does the article examine, or even so much as mention, Darling-Hammond’s own ideas for reform. Which is strange given that Darling-Hammond is a longtime reformer who helped write Obama’s education plan and is considered a leading expert on teacher quality.
He also adds a dig at Michelle Rhee:
The debate over education policy has become unmoored from education policy and is now a debate over whether you are an “old” style Democrat in hock to the unions or an awesome new style reformer who has two! separate! blackberries!
Klein suggests that, in this debate, I am choosing sides based on the relative trendiness of policy ideas or education leaders. On the contrary, I believe, as he does, that this boils down to who offers better policy. But on top of that, it matters who is more open-minded about seeking and implementing that better policy, even if it requires serious change that might buck the Democratic education establishment.