Big Ideas and Reform Fatigue: Working with Educators to Redesign Learning

Education Week
March 23rd, 2010
Publication Author: 
Lisa Petrides
Resource Type: 
Articles

Since Horace Mann introduced the common school in the early 19th century, the United States has been no stranger to big ideas in education. In the last century, the introduction of the GI Bill and the creation of community colleges expanded access to higher education and helped fuel a century of economic growth and prosperity. And in recent years, too, big ideas have swept the field, from the development of standards-based reform and the expansion of charter schools to dozens of other improvement strategies that have captured the imagination of their funders, but been met largely with shrugs and mistrust from educators.

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