Part ThreeThe Road Ahead: How Do We Get There from Here?

In the Introduction I said that change is not hard, but it is often uncomfortable. Well, this is the section that may make readers squirm, and squirming is not a bad thing. I think one of our school mottoes, for students and adults alike, should be something like, “If we’re not squirming, we’re not learning.”

I started my visits to schools with a simple central question: What does innovation mean to you? Teachers, administrators and students helped me see the answer through their eyes. Most said that schools need to provide learning opportunities that are centered on a set of skills and abilities that have less to do with what we know than with how to manage a dynamic and unknowable ...

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