Larry Cuban offers four points based on his work with schools:
- No single way of teaching works best with all students.
- Small and slow changes in classroom practice occur often. Fundamental and rapid changes in practice seldom happen.
- School structures influence instruction.
- No instructional reform imposed upon teachers has been adopted by most teachers and used in lessons as intended.
These are probably all true - they certainly seem true to me, and nothing I've seen really counters any of them. But this is the reason why I think that educational reform, however it's defined, will take place outside schools. For some, this means charter schools (not a measure I support). For others (such as myself) this means the provisioning of informal learning opportunities.
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