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The bottom line is this, you cannot get professionalism, compassion and commitment from teachers when you treat them like Starbucks employees. The corporate model of school reform, with it’s focus on charter schools, high-stakes testing and Common Core standards, ignores the reason the best teachers went into the profession in the first place.

What the profiteers also ignore (and don’t want anyone to know) is that the model they are selling with charter schools is an imitation of successful innovations first developed in America’s public schools. Since the 1960s, educational researchers across the nation have been collaborating with teachers, working to develop more effective learner-centered forms of education.

Yale University psychiatrist and educator Dr. James Comer’s School Development Program and similar learner-centered whole school projects developed successful approaches decades ago and were proving their effectiveness in the 1990s when business people saw an opportunity to make some money. From 1989 to 1993 I worked with one of those innovative programs…

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