This book analyzes three previous major change efforts, outlines their strengths and limitations, and offers a successful and sustainable fourth way to integrate teacher professionalism, community engagement, government policy, and accountability.

The Three Paths of Distraction

The three paths of distraction

The Path of Autocracy

The Path of Technocracy

The Path of Effervescence

Those things that many use to divide us can also bring us together. The Third Way has offered integrated strategies in a polarized world. By doing so, it has brought into being one of the 10 “megatrends” predicted by John Naisbitt for the 21st century—the replacement of either/or thinking with both/and solutions. Pressure and support, top-down leadership and bottom-up empowerment, public and private sectors, autonomy with accountability—these are just some of the Third Way's creative combinations.1

This antipathy to either/or thinking isn't new. In education, it's the hallmark of the foundational philosophy of one of America's greatest educators—John Dewey. Dewey disliked the polarized fads and fashions that moved ...

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