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My Question re: Stern, McCluskey, and Ponnuru

Maybe I’m missing something, but what exactly is this conflict about?  Can’t we advocate both for effective instructional practices and improvement through competition?  Some of us may focus more on one or the other, but these two reform strategies seem to be nicely complementary.  Until someone explains how these two approaches are mutually exclusive, I don’t understand what is being achieved by this debate.  We can like both brownies and ice cream — and they are particularly good together.

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