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March 30, 2017

Why can’t school reformers get it right?

The record.  In 1983 “A Nation at Risk” warned of global competition.  But our economy boomed in the 1990’s while our competitor Japan suffered a “lost decade.”  

“No Child Left Behind” got left behind before its term ex...

March 29, 2017

Why can’t school reformers get it right?  Why do we Americans keep demanding reform year after year, decade after decade, without getting some resolution?

Is reform really that complex?

The short answer is yes.  We are a diverse, even divided, nation.  We want different...

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The writer and director of Passion to Teach, Bart Nourse (1953-2019), lived a life of purpose – as an inspiring and life-changing teacher to countless young people, as an organizer and advocate for community education, as a life-long student of the history of educational change and the role of schools in society, and, in his final years, as a powerful voice for the idea of preserving and strengthening America’s public schools from the inside out, by elevating the teaching profession.  


Bart Nourse recognized that meaningful change in education had to come from the experts “who know what works with children and what brings them to life: teachers.” He knew that teachers needed to be well-prepared, supported, and then given the freedom and responsibility to practice their craft for the greater good of learners. Bart envisioned a way to move beyond endless cycles of failed top-down reform, working from the inside out, beginning with the leadership and expertise of teachers. 

Here, you will find a collection of his writings, as well as a TEDx Talk, Your Best Teacher, he gave in 2017. 

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