Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Regulations

Throughout the book there are several references to regulations. Being a rule bound special ed administrator but also thrilled by breaking rules, the idea of disruption in spite of regulations intrigues me. A few quotes:
"What is unique about public schools is that laws and regulations make them a virtual monopoly..."
"Never did success come through a head-on attack against the regulations...Rather, the disruption prospered in a completely independent commercial system outside the reach of regulators.."
The example given that "chartering legislation gives innovative educators the tool of separation and the freedom to step outside the departmental structure...to create new architectures for learning."
In Vermont, we may have more leeway as we are encouraged to request a waiver if a regulation becomes too restrictive. In the BRSU, the established policies are broad structures and not impediments to innovations that promote student centered learning. Michael Horn cited the need to be nimble, to move, implement, be responsive and not let ideas languish in committee. I don't believe this happens by an edict or pronouncement of a radical change but at the classroom level, recognizing successes and allowing individual teacher creativity to discover new ways to reach each student. In order to do this, teachers need to retool in mid production and better yet, experience their own teacher prep in a totally new way.

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