This has been done and is still being done here where communities allow it by either fighting against top down control or by those districts wealthy and education oriented enough not to worry about what Governors like Andrew Cuomo might threaten.
Pasi Sahlberg, who is currently a visiting fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, but has previously been director general of the Finnish Ministry of Education in Helsinki, writes here about the importance of teacher autonomy.
He compares teachers in Finland to teachers in the U.S.
When visitors tour Finnish schools, they are struck by the autonomy of teachers.
After spending a day or sometimes two in Finnish schools, they were puzzled. Among other things they said was the following: the atmosphere in schools is informal and relaxed. Teachers have time in school to do other things than teach. And people trust each other. A common takeaway was that Finnish teachers seem to have much more professional autonomy than teachers in the United States to help students to learn and feel well.
Teachers in Finland spend fewer hours teaching each week than teachers in the U.S.
We do know…
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