"Many of these top-down district policies stem from the earnest desire to replicate the practices of the best and most effective teachers. Unfortunately, what too many state and district leaders miss is that you can’t script your way to great instruction from district offices or from the statehouse. And trying to do so saps teacher and principal buy-in and morale, often while making instruction less effective."
KIPP and Uncommon Schools are evidence of "many routes, same destination." Given the "destination", can we give school leaders and teachers the autonomy to "map the route" based on the needs of their students?
So many valid points here - I believe teachers and admins will resonate with them.