SCHOOLING AS A KNOWLEDGE PROFESSION
Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk, Senior Partner Louis M. Gomez (also professor of urban education at the University of Pittsburgh) and Harvard Assistant Professor Jal D. Mehta write in Education Week: Our thesis is straightforward: Schools need to transition from the bureaucratic industrial-age structures in which they were created a hundred years ago into modern learning and improvement organizations that are suitable to the needs of today. To do so will be excruciatingly difficult, because it will require a change in mind-set, creation of new infrastructure, and changing patterns of authority and power. But this change is what is required if we truly seek to achieve our goal of educating all students to high levels.
This commentary is the first in a upcoming series of pieces drawn from a working group on the “Futures of School Reform,” organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and led by Robert B. Schwartz and Jal D. Mehta of Harvard and Frederick M. Hess of the American Enterprise Institute.