Today the expectation is radically different. Educator, civic leaders, parents and non parents expect all students will learn at high levels and that what they learn will be related to matters once reserved for the elite – that is all children are to be provided a high–quality academic education. If this is to happen we need schools that nurture engagement rather than simply producing compliance and attendance and harvesting whatever engagement should happen to occur.
Even at its best the present system of schooling will not produce high order learning among most students. The unfortunate fact is that our educational system is working as it was designed to work, but the way it was designed to work is not adequate to our present needs and expectation. , (Schlechty 2005, xii).
1. Schlechty, P.C. Creating great school: Six critical system at the heart of educational innovation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 2005.