I recently posted a hilarious item that asked what would happen if basketball leagues were run in accordance with the rules of No Child Left Behind.

John Thompson asks what would Major League Baseball look like if it were conducted in accordance with the requirements of Race to the Top and the School Improvement Grants.

Why this sudden interest in sports analogies? My guess is that education policy has become so insane that he only way to explain how wacky it is is to transfer its rules into a different context. These days, policymakers will say outrageous and absurd things about education and no one calls them on it. Transpose the same ideas to a realm where the public understands what is happening, and the absurdity stands out in sharp relief.