I highly recommend WG’s recent post, “Dysfunctional Middle Schools.” WG is a former teacher and co-founder of The Interlocking Curriculum, a Quaker school in the late 1970s. When he talks about how to establish a culture of respect in schools, he speaks from his own experience. The IC did indeed develop such a culture. WG’s ideas on how to reform middle school (and education generally) are good ones, and deserve a wider hearing. Unfortunately, they aren’t likely to get one from the educational establishment, which seems to be as allergic to real reform as any other venerable institution.
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