Inspiration, hunger: these are the forces that drive good schools. The best we educational planners can do is create the most likely conditions for them to flourish and then get out of their way.
True accountability would demand that we ask children if they like school; then we would have to care about their answer - and be prepared to do something about it.
Where interest lies; achievement follows.
Susan Engel puts it this way:
You can't achieve the broader goals of making people into readers, making people love ideas, love conversation, love knowledge, want to get good at things, if you don't make school a place where kids want to be.For more on how high school can be less about the system's needs and more about student's needs, check out The Independent Project: