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Turning around a failing company or a school district is no work for sprinters, even if school reformers say otherwise.

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.