The trouble is that Chancellor Gordon Brown takes much of the credit and not the parliamentarians on the Mound. Of course, they deserve recognition for departing from education priorities south of the border. Here, the two big ventures in school education - the post-McCrone agreement and the national debate - were introduced in a more consensual climate. A third strand, school rebuilding, is more contentious but gets the job done.
As our survey (pages 4-5) establishes this week, those in the education front line echo many of the points raised in the national debate and by parties in the run-up to this week's elections. They want more financial powers for headteachers, better classroom discipline, curriculum reform in primary and early secondary, far less assessment and definitely smaller classes.
Other than the McCrone money, some argue they have yet to see the benefits of educational control from Edinburgh. There is no cut in bureaucracy and inclusion presents serious problems for many. Teachers are still publicly attacked for apparent failings and standards deemed to be too low.
So beware politicians with a four-year mandate and a determination to do something quickly to sort real or imagined difficulties. Systems have to move with the grain and with the profession - even if it needs a firm nudge from its sometimes entrenched bunkers.