For over a year now I’ve been working on a new book, but in as much as this particular piece relates to my work with the Tao Te Ching I’m including it here:
Stop the regimentation in classrooms. Throw out most of the testing and back away from applying pressure—pressure on the students and pressure on the instructors.
First, concentrate on things that build character and back away from a rigid curriculum. Give the students more choices and the teachers more freedom to teach.
Then, follow the ancient wisdom: acquire teachers who will love and care for their students and bring it about that students will respect and honor their teachers.
This is a solid foundation for a successful school system.