A new report lamenting math performance of America's young adolescents set off the predictable calls for elimination of middle schools in favor of (take your pick): cutting edge K-8 or good old Junior High. The ASCD Inservice blog offers some perspective. We're reminded of a 2004 NSBA keynote speech by respected middle grades reformer Hayes Mizell, now the Distinguished Senior Fellow at NSDC/Learning Forward. Simply put, Mizell says grade configurations are a red herring. Read "Still Crazy After All These Years:Grade Configuration and the Education of Young Adolescents."