A few months ago, a fellow journalist asked me at a party: “If you could tell the government one thing to fix about education what would you advise?”

I chuckled in hollow resignation, because I knew where the conversation was going. This kind of question is akin to discussing Israel or the land reform issue — there would be many strong opinions but no-one was going to agree in the end. And there wasn’t enough wine on the table to fix the outcome.

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