Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Responsive Schools

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Responsive Schools

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Last week we started talking about "wave makers" - those people determined to shake things up in public schools. You need look no further than today's election - where education is the top issue for many voters - to realize that there are more than a few of them. And one place they've had a profound effect is changing how schools deal with their public.

You probably know the old routine: You're a welcome presence in school until you try to get answers to tough questions or rattle the cage.

Now, if you're a Ninja parent, the kind who's convinced he or she should just take over the classroom for a day and show the teacher how it's done, fair enough. But for the many others, the accepted procedure of "just take our word for it" got tired. Why not feel free, after all, to ask about scores? About consistency throughout the curriculum? About pushing forward a child who may not be Einstein but nevertheless needs more of a challenge? About how teachers communicate with one another, and how a school is managed? …

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