It is important to realize that until educators and citizens begin to work for consensus on education, we are likely stalemated. Various writers have noted that without focused pressure, Democrats and Republicans are unlikely to agree on educational plans for many reasons.1 Politicians want "their plan;; for education to prevail, and too often the

greater focus is on which party gets visible political credit, not on which plans are best for children. If the quality of education is to be enhanced with needed resources, bipartisan support for education must be garnered. It is time to attempt to think of education as we do foreign affairs-what is "best for our troops'7 thinking tends to provide at least a working consensus in government. We need to begin to find strategies for increasing "what is best for school children" thinking.