The quest to improve education systems has become a large industry. Governments set goals and sometimes win elections by promising ‘improved student performance’, ‘academic excellence’, even ‘rigor.’ It seems everyone wants a broken education system fixed, however, there is probably not enough reflection or debate about what education’s underlying problems are. Of course, debates about funding, homework, teacher pay, discipline and test scores will rage on, but do we really think the next generation will flourish on the basis of these issues alone being…