A Fairy Tale That Bears Retelling

Didn’t know about “the Eight Year Study”, fascinating!

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Once upon a time, there was much unemployment, poverty and homelessness. Leaders tried one thing after another to end these grim conditions. Nothing worked.

In the midst of these bad times, however, a small group of educators, upset over what our youth were learning in high schools decided to take action.

High schools then were dull places. Students listened to teachers, read books, and took exams. Schools were supposed to prepare students for life but much of what they studied they forgot after graduating. Worse yet, what they had learned in school did not prepare them to face the problems of life, think clearly, be creative, or fulfill their civic duties. Complaints to school officials got the same answer repeatedly: little could be done because college entrance requirements determined what had to be taught in high school.

So to give high schools the freedom to try new ways of schooling…

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