From Slate Magazine: The conversation about how to improve American education has taken on an increasingly confrontational tone. The caricature often presented in the press depicts hard-driving, data-obsessed reformers—who believe the solution is getting rid of low-performing teachers—standing off against unions—who don’t trust any teaching metric and care more about their jobs than the children they’re supposed to be educating. But in some ways the focus on jobs misses the point. If we take firing off the table, what else can be done to resolve America’s education crisis?