The crumbling of dictatorships across the Middle East
presents the Obama administration with a conundrum:
How to nurture the spread of freedom while managing the
rise of Islamist fundamentalism? By promoting democracy
in some countries while propping up monarchs in others.
As chancellor of the nation’s largest school system,
the author spent eight years battling recalcitrant unions
and feckless politicians. American education,
he learned, is a senseless system that must
be gutted before it can be reformed.