Real education reform happens in the classroom

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The only constant in education is that everyone wants to change it.

That seems especially true today. Some want to loosen public schools' grip on education funding and invest more in charter schools or vouchers. Others want to restructure middle and high schools, change the number of students assigned to a classroom or refocus content so instruction becomes more rigorous.

Communities are trading elected school boards for appointed ones. Others are developing massive online learning platforms, with videos, Facebook, avatars and other cutting-edge technology, because they believe these are the keys to a brighter future.

But while revolution might start at the Board of Education, City Hall, Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley, the real transformation in education -- the kind that counts -- will always happen inside the classroom. If meaningful, deliberative changes in learning and teaching don't take root there, they can't grow.

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