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February 7, 2009 at 10:48 AM

School reform

Due for a history lesson

Your editorial, “Use education money to stimulate reform” [Feb. 4], and Bruce Ramsey’s column, “Debt is what got us into this mess” [Feb. 4], were at odds.

As Ramsey correctly points out, “the economy” is not a mechanism; it is people. It is biological. It moves when it decides to — when it is confident.

Likewise, school reform cannot be purchased like a commodity. School reform requires people working together to achieve learning objectives.

You might recall, years ago, the U.S. sent tractors to African villagers and said, “Use them for farming.” Africans didn’t use the tractors. Perhaps tractors were not part of their everyday experience. Years later, microloans providing access to goats worked. Villagers were confident they could use a goat.

There might be a “lesson plan” in this story for U.S. schools. Are they confident that they could use an injection of taxpayers funds?

Please have a look at www.schoolchange.org where Tony Wagner, a Harvard consultant, describes sensible school reforms based on research.

— Richard Morris, Redmond

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