The right-leaning part of the Fourth Estate was sure of one thing when the Coalition Government came to power in 2010: after 13 years of Labour rule, and that was that our education system was rubbish, it was all Labour's fault, and the arrival of Michael "Oiky" Gove at the Department for Education would change all of that for the better.
And what the Gove revolution would do, we were constantly assured, would be to improve the scores our schools posted on the Pisa rankings. Well, now the 2016 rankings are out, and suddenly the press is not quite so gung-ho about them. This may not be unconnected to the mildly inconvenient fact that those scores haven't moved in the direction predicted.
As the BBC has reported, "The UK remains a middle-ranking performer, behind countries such as Japan, Estonia, Finland and Vietnam". The achievement of Vietnam is described as "remarkable", and given it is hardly the richest nation on earth, questions are bound to be asked. So who from the ranks of the Gove cheerleaders would care to comment?
Over at the Northcliffe House bunker, the Dacre doggies at the Daily Mail are putting a brave face on it, admitting "British pupils are worse than those in tiny Estonia at maths and there has been no improvement in a DECADE, international study finds". The Dacre faithful also admit, ominously for all those enthusiasts for Rote Learning, "The OECD looked at how pupils can apply knowledge rather than just repeat it".
But there was a get-out clause: "The Pisa tests are not without their criticisms - with some claiming the figures are less reliable for comparison as they do not take data from all schools, with most countries offering about 5% of their eligible 15-year-olds for testing". That would have been a far better excuse, had it been part of the Labour-bashing after 2010, which it was not.
Perhaps Gove's most fervent cheerleader, the loathsome Toby Young, would care to offer up some soothing words in the memory of the less-than-great "Oiky"? Sadly, The Great Man's Twitter feed is bereft of anything other than deflection right now.
The Great Gove revolution, all its upheaval, all the abuse dumped on the teaching profession, and all those column inches dedicated to how wonderful it was going to be, and the brave new educational world promised - all have come to naught. And that's not good enough.