Reinventing High School Takes Making It All About the Teens
Crowded halls. Bells to cheer the end of a droning lecture. Friday night football games. Add a mushed sandwich and a shoulder ache from an overstuffed backpack and we will all be back at My Town High.
A lot has changed in the world, in business, even in politics. But high schools soldier on, marching to the same high-stepping drummer they always have. Research-driven reforms, however, could have them singing an entirely new tune.
Research and development – long a staple in science and business – has fixed an unblinking eye on education in recent years. And what reformers propose for high schools is a revolution not many districts stand ready to risk. No boredom. More outside work. Every lesson tailored to every student.