In researching themes for the AJC panel on education next week, I have been reading a lot of Richard Elmore’s stuff. I have heard Elmore, the Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, at two conferences and had a long sit-down session with him when he was in Atlanta to a few years ago. Since then, I try to read all of his commentary.
He wrote a post for the Harvard Graduation School of Education blog that I found fascinating and pertinent to the panel next week.
(The post was itself an excerpt of a longer piece for the Harvard Education Letter, which you ought to read if you have the time and which is now part of an essay collection, “I Used to Think . . . And Now I Think . . .Twenty Leading Educators Reflect on the Work of School Reform.”)
Here is a portion of the blog:
I used to think that policy was the solution. And now I think that policy is the problem. I am a child of the 1960s — the New Frontier, the Great