Sure there are growing pains, but the classrooms described herein sound like excellent anecdotal evidence for Hirsch’s claims:
As a side note, minimum school standards should not be statewide. There is simply no reason to allow schools to teach at a low level in order to inflate their grading statistics. States should be free to improve upon those standards, but the empirics clearly indicate that, given lassitude, state standards will degrade and fill with ideological silliness – and antiscience in the case of Louisiana.
Perhaps this leads to a theory of Federalism: it’s good for allowing different implementations, but only when strict performance standards are set. That is, competition within bounds. Alternative payment and treatment models have been explored under Medicaid when states actually try to implement the program – some states, like Texas and Alabama, simply make no one but the chronically indigent eligible – that clearly does no one any good. Others, have used the Medicaid expansion funds to implement some interesting new forms of subsidized insurance. The trick is to mandate a proper level of service and allow innovation in delivery – else the service isn’t delivered in the first place.