The former director of the American Association of School Administrators outlines a coherent countervision for turning schools back into places that nurture children.



I have worked as an educator for more than 40 years. Although much has changed over that time, there have been a few constants. One is that I have found that most of the criticism leveled at schools has been misdirected and off the point. The second constant is that most of the people working in education are not shiftless, lazy unionists with no interest in children. They are dedicated to the task of “touching the future” as Christa McAuliffe put it. The third constant is that education, at its core, is not complicated. It is about the relationships between the people and about the processes that must be undertaken to connect them. It is, in essence, an organic process. It is mostly about ...

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