From Estelle Morris' (chair of the strategy board at the Institute of Effective Education, University of York) article in today's Guardian:
Most of all, we mustn't lose our enthusiasm or our belief in the power of education to effect change. We've seen a significant shift in people's attitudes to education and learning. The education system has higher expectations; more parents demand higher standards; more people want to go to university; there is less tolerance of underachievement, more appreciation of a broader curriculum.Proposals must be driven by education and not political considerations. What is politically acceptable doesn't always make for good education.