Smart people doing dumb things — education edition

Why do smart people do dumb things? Examples are legion. Recall President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Or Director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus resigning over extra-marital affair. Or shrewd investors in Bernard Madoff’s company losing their financial shirts. But Larry Cuban look beyond that self-evident point to talk about how very smart educational policymakers also engage in folly not involving sex or money.