School Reform in the Deep South: A Critical Appraisal

School Reform in the Deep South: A Critical Appraisal

School Reform in the Deep South: A Critical Appraisal

School Reform in the Deep South: A Critical Appraisal

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I cannot in any degree approve of those restless and busy meddlers who, called by neither birth nor fortune to take part in the management of public affairs, are yet always projecting reforms; and if I thought that this track contained aught which might justify the suspicion that I was victim of such folly, I would by no means permit its publication. I have never contemplated anything higher than the reformation of my own opinions, and basing them on a foundation wholly my own.

--Descartes

Reform movements come and go. In their heyday, they look as if they might sweep away all the cobwebs of stagnation and recalcitrance to which institutions and societies are subject. But after only a few years, the reform that once looked so promising often lies forgotten, only to be replaced by yet another "sure-fire" reform. What is the legacy of reform? Why aren't we more successful in our reform efforts?

In retrospect, reform proposals sometimes appear to have been quite foolish--even those that may have garnered a substantial following for a time. Nevertheless, much can be learned by reflecting on our attempts at reform--foolish or not. Reflection is not just a way of burying a dead reform; it enables us to squeeze some life out of what otherwise would have been just another failed program. The opportunity exists for genuine improvement, but it is missed whether we go complacently . . .

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