are we to assure that our kids have a chance to learn. Eliminate all the various layers of management including the Fedral Department of Education and leave the decisions to the principal of the school (carefully chosen and accountable to the local school board and the parents of the school) and the students and parents who are best able to evaluate good from bad. Means testing is a waste and is wrong. One size fits all is a failure. And just giving everyone A's is ridiculous. The measure of a good teacher is someone who can create interest and understanding in a topic that didn't previously exist. Maybe it means that a student will learn and understand at a B level instead of going through the motions for a C.