It's that toxic culture of low expectations - that lack of ambition for every child - which has held our country back... Michael Gove and I are not waiting for an outbreak of sanity in the headquarters of the NUT or an embrace of aspiration in the higher reaches of Labour before we act. Because our children cannot wait. So, when people say we should slow down our education reforms - so adults can adjust to them, I say no, I want more free schools, more Academies, more rigorous exams in every school.
The Prime Minister has warned the Conservative Party conference that Britain faces a stark choice in tough economic times: "Sink or swim. Do or decline."