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

Getting Schools Ready for Kids

Getting schools ready for kids

Treat people like zombies and they'll behave like zombies. But treat them as intelligent and they'll respond intelligently.

—Hans Monderman

In some ways, transforming education means we have to turn everything upside down and inside out. What we are doing and the way we are doing it must change. That seems like a daunting task, which is one of the reasons we haven't really tried to make a major transformation. But more basic is the difficulty of change. People want better schools, but they don't want them different, and yet to be better, they must be different. We all have a mental model of what schools look like that comes from our childhood. If we create something foreign ...

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