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Here's a model for major school reform that looks vastly different from Betsy DeVos's vision

December 15, 2017View for printing

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker quietly tried to change the University of Wisconsin system's century-old mission by proposing to remove words in the state code that command the university to "search for truth" and "improve the human condition" and replacing them with "meet the state's workforce needs."

In a new book titled "These Schools Belong to You and Me: Why We Can't Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools," the MacArthur-award winning educator and author Deborah Meier and educator Emily Gasoi argue the answer to that question does not lie in the business-driven premise guiding the past several decades of school reform, but rather in the notion of preparing young people to be active and thoughtful citizens in the American democratic experiment.

By Valerie Strauss ... f9883a65078
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