I've been talking with a lot of my fellow teachers about politics lately - for obvious reasons.
Today a group of four of us got to thinking about what the biggest problems in education are.
It was remarkably easy to reach consensus - even though we all have different ideas, and political persuasions.
We agreed that the biggest problem is that every Government, whatever party leads it, seems to think that it's a good idea to change the system radically at least as often as every general election, and often a couple of times in between.
The way in which each change of Government also makes an assumption that anything any school has done previously has not been very good, that the whole system is failing desperately, and that we need to reset the clock to zero and start again, is also a not very helpful approach.
Despite both of these approaches, schools haven't changed all that radically - certainly not in the way the Governments intended - but they have evolved, and they do a good job by an large.
If only we could have had time to get used to the innovations imposed on us instead of abandoning them every time the political wind changes, we'd be doing even more fabulously.
Between the 4 of us we've well over a 100 years of experience, but obviously the Government ministers who keep the "improvements" flowing all know about schools as well - because they all went to school once themselves.
Some of them even went to state schools.