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

The Brain is a Terrible Thing to Waste

The brain is a terrible thing to waste

Sometimes I sits and thinks. And sometimes I just sits.

—Attributed to Satchel Paige

Two major breakthroughs allow us to think about education differently from past generations. Technology is the first, and what we have learned about the brain is the second. The last 20 years have presented significant new understanding of how the brain functions, what it can do, and how we can make it more effective. This has tremendous implications for education.

What I find so interesting is that so little of what we know has found its way into practice. There are several reasons for that. The first is the vast gulf between research and practice. This has always existed ...

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