Innovation and renovation are constant themes in life today. Technology reminds us daily of the forward thrust and pace of change. Arguments over health care, business, politics, and environment highlight failing systems, crumbling institutions, and the pressing need to reinvent our world. Everything feels ripe for transformation—and it’s coming, even if we don’t know how or when.
But one institution, schooling, that grand sector of life that provides the foundation for all other enterprise, remains immune to drastic overhaul. Despite education’s promise to help us create the future we want, it stands alone as most resistant to the demands of our radically different world.