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

Crawling Out of the Box

Crawling out of the box

Do what's easy; with any luck at all, it may also be what's right.

—Ashleigh Brilliant

With all the criticism raining down on schools, we often miss the point that the schools of today were designed for a different world. They were created in the context of the industrial revolution and during a time when most of America was still agricultural. Schools dotted the American landscape. They were community organized and community based. They were small with one or two teachers who taught a variety of age levels in one class. There was a long break during the summer to allow students to help on the farm. It wasn't so important that everyone learned. Schools were mostly to ...

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