We trust experts, but that doesn’t always work out, especially in the field of education policy. Back in 2001, Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act. Set the ambitious goal that a hundred percent of our nation’s students would be reading and doing math on grade level by 2014. Didn’t work out. We didn’t even come close, but along the way we actually did some real harm. Schools got over-focused on testing; kids got caught up in drill-and-kill assignment; and parents got concerned that schools forgot a lot of what matters for a kid’s education. Or take the Obama administration’s School Improvement Grants program. Seven billion dollars later, a 2017 federal evaluation found that the program made no difference for kids in participating schools. Expertise has a role to play, but experts only know a little bit about what actually goes on in complicated schools and among the complexities of education policy. That’s why you’d do well to take advice from any of us experts with more than a few grains of salt. To learn more about my take on school reform, check the links in the description below. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like AEI scholars to cover in 60 seconds.