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The Emperor’s Clothes: Traditional and “Avant Garde” at High Tech High

Posted on | October 7, 2012 | Comments Off

Author: Charles Taylor Kerchner –
High Tech High may be the only school in the country that has an Emperor. Rob Riordan took the tongue-and-cheek title of “emperor of rigor” partly to address the expectations of visitors looking for someone in authority and partly as a serious joke, a conversation starter about how HTH views student achievement. It’s not about test scores. From the start, one is led to expect something different at HTH: its schools don’t look like schools. Its leaders don’t sound like administrators but unabashed evangelicals preaching a new form of learning: “At HTH, we believe that change in schooling happens, not incrementally by adding programs, but by generating holistic designs that enable new ways of teaching and learning.” These are not the good, gray, self-effacing bureaucrats of public school administration. Read the whole study HERE

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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'

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