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#EdJourney by Grant Lichtman

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Part OneRoadblocks: How Can We Overcome the Biggest Obstacles to School Reform?

Before I left on my trip, Pat Bassett, then president of the National Association of Independent Schools, urged me to keep track of the obstacles to innovation that schools are facing—the things that don’t work as much as the things that do work. It was great advice, and as I interviewed teachers, students, administrators, and parents representing schools of all kinds and grade levels, I kept a log of these obstacles. As you might imagine, I started to hear similarities in the issues as the trip progressed. By the end of the tour I had captured nearly three hundred specific comments about why innovation and change are challenging and often uncomfortable at schools—why, ...

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