When one looks back at the last 15 months -- a period in which school reform has been at the forefront of American life -- what becomes clear is that we haven't been having a national debate about learning.
While a staggering 91 percent of African American boys are below grade level in reading in third grade, this is not a racial issue. It's a national crisis: 83 percent of ALL low-income children are behind.
Wisconsin's teacher union has gotten a hard slap upside the head, and it has responded. Other teacher groups ought to take notice. The days of trade union dealing are over; teachers have to bargain for more than pay and privileges.