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

Getting Kids Ready for School—Raising the Village

Getting kids ready for school—Raising the village

How are the children?

—Masai greeting

When I was superintendent in Tucson, we had a governor who was impeached. He was followed by a governor who was sent to prison, making Arizona a state for the gubernatorially challenged. The one who was impeached brought a man who had been in the state legislature into his office to be his education adviser. He had completed the eighth grade and had been a longtime advocate for “creationism” in schools—making him the perfect education adviser, I suppose. Because he could no longer introduce his creationism bill, he had a friend do so, but he testified on its behalf. In his testimony, he said that schools have no ...

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