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In Education Policy, Good Things Come In Small Packages


The problem is that people think of it it like it is just a drop in the bucket, and it is a LOT more than that. ****************** Think of a a 2 1/2 gallon bucket. (The bucket for my mop at home is that size. It's a decent sized bucket.) How much is 2% of that? Well, that's about 3/4 of a cup. Could you empty (or fill) that bucket, just 3/4 at a time? Can you imagine doing that? Sure, it would take a bunch of work, but you could do it in less than 5 minutes. Probably less than 2. ****************** 2-4% is NOT just a drop in the bucket. The problem is that we don't have a sense of proportion or scale. We confusing million, billion and trillion. We confuse 1/50th and 1/5000th. ****************** Once we realize that there is no silver bullet that will fix things, we can start to look for meaningful pieces to put together. But if we think that the role of the mythical silver bullet can be filled by just a small handful of interventions and/or policies, we've not really changed our thinking. Instead, we've just shifted it a little bit.


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