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Why should 21st century students use their valuable time building sets, memorizing corny dialogue and hoofing inexpertly across the stage?


Unlike other nations (hint: Finland), we have never had a structured, purposeful national conversation about gutting and reorganizing the system around the kind of education we want for all children. What are our primary goals? What does educational success look like?


Teachers know many ordinary things whose value is underestimated or even proscribed in the technocratic race to "improve student achievement."


So, what did I learn from this exercise? I loved putting my own long career into a framework of books that have influenced, guided, and affirmed me.


Claudia Swisher: "I see my ten books as putting into words something I didn't even know I needed to know. Giving me permission to be more authentic about my own work."


The idea was to choose ten books that had an impact on us--books that turned our thinking in a new way, changed our teaching or our beliefs. Agree or disagree with our choices?


This is what "reform" has done; it has transformed our dream school into a nightmare.


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