Default Lines from eSchool News, first published in print on Oct. 1, 2009-- Once every generation or so, something big takes place that alters education, and it's usually bad -- or so it must seem to most Americans.

Knowing what I know about reform and disappointment, I nonetheless believe big, good things at last are beginning to happen for this field--and it's been a long time coming.

In 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, and that scared everybody around here into a furious push to reform education. We got to the moon, but lasting school reform never quite got lift-off.

Then came 1983, and


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