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

Bored of Education

Bored of education

God made the idiot for practice and then he made the school board.

—Mark Twain

There is no topic of conversation that is likely to elicit more discussion at a meeting of educators than raising the issue of school boards. Even policymakers have weighed in on the issue of school governance. Before wading into this swamp of opinion, perhaps a little history is in order.

When common schools were created in the United States, they were created largely by states that immediately passed on their responsibilities to local communities who created school boards or school committees to oversee the operation of schools. As things became more complex, these committees selected a fulltime person to take on this role and that was the birth ...

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