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The Drucker Lectures: Essential Lessons on Management, Society and Economy by Rick Wartzman, Peter F. Drucker

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27From Teaching to Learning1999

As you know, there is an enormous amount of talk about schools. I started counting, and I ended up with about 40 different approaches all over this country—and not just all over this country, all over the developed world—aimed at restoring the school of yesterday. And I’m all for it. Let me say the school of yesterday had one enormous advantage. Yes, the children did learn basic skills. But perhaps equally important, they acquired self-confidence. In the school of today, or a very large number of the schools of today, children lose self-confidence, and that’s the greatest barrier to learning.

At the same time, we know that the school of tomorrow will not just be a restored version of yesterday’s school. We know ...

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