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Building Better Schools – The Art of Leading Change in Education

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Building Better Schools – The Art of Leading Change in Education


Tyler Thigpen 

Join me for a thought-experiment where we imagine creating a school that is focused on cultivating students who are dependent. Yes, you read that correctly—dependent Learners who are heavily reliant on others to guide and make decisions. While this concept might initially strike us as unsettling, let’s temporarily set aside our judgments and explore how such a school could be developed. 

Our hypothetical institution would first prioritize structured learning environments. Students would be guided through carefully orchestrated stages, which minimizes the need to solve problems independently. We’d enforce limited autonomy, furnishing students with explicit rules and guidelines for every facet of their educational journey. To further restrict freedom, we’d implement rigorous daily routines, rigidly dictating students’ schedules. 

When it comes to the curriculum, we’d decree the subjects they study, leaving little room for choice. To bolster their dependence, we’d offer abundant academic and emotional support resources, ensuring they could lean on assistance whenever needed. Information sharing will be tightly guarded. Planning processes, policy decisions and disciplinary rulings would all be kept secret to keep the students in darkness.



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