"In 2005, former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch wrote, 'We should thank President George W. Bush and Congress for passing the No Child Left Behind Act ... All this attention and focus is paying off for younger students, who are reading and solving mathematics problems better than their parents' generation.' "Four years later, Ravitch has changed her mind." http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124209100&ft=1&f=1001 [This quote below is particularly stunning, esp coming from one of the architects of NCLB] "'There should not be an education marketplace, there should not be competition,' Ravitch says. 'Schools operate fundamentally — or should operate — like families. The fundamental principle by which education proceeds is collaboration. Teachers are supposed to share what works; schools are supposed to get together and talk about what's [been successful] for them. They're not supposed to hide their trade secrets and have a survival of the fittest competition with the school down the block.'"