Two Steps Back

One of the more intelligent NPR showsThis American Life has a great audio story about school reform reversing. Over ten years Irving Elementary went from being one of the worst elementary schools in Chicago to one of the best by letting individual teachers decide how best to teach their students rather than follow centralized plans from the Chicago school district. The story is really two parts. First how the school became great and follows the best teacher in the school. The second part is how that same teacher is now thinking of quitting now that the school board is starting to micromanage the school. A great example why even decentralism is such an important concept. Schumacher would understand why this school's spirit is starting to die.


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