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Why Educational Reform Needs a New Theory of Mind

Incogito nullo cupido. (We cannot desire what we do not know.)

—Latin proverb

Nothing is possible, except to extend the area of sanity little by little.

—George Orwell

The century-long failure of wave after wave of educational reform1 is now such common knowledge that those of us who persist in trying to design better ways to educate appear to many of our colleagues as if we are engaged in idle academic amusement. Serious reformers are elbow-deep in politics. There is no question that education ...

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