Eye on Education

Making The Case for Teacher-Led Classrooms

There’s a small handful of teacher-led classrooms popping up across the country: about 70, according to a recent PBS NewsHour report. At Boston’s Mission Hill School, there’s a principal, but decisions are made by the entire teaching staff. Teachers say they listen to their students to create the curriculum. But as host John Tulenko asks, does student performance have to improve in order for teachers to be trusted–or will more teacher independence be linked to higher student performance.

In the face of a top-down hierarchy ruling many public schools these days, some teachers are taking back their classrooms by moving to schools where they create the curriculum and vote democratically on decisions. John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Boston on one of about 70 teacher-led schools that have cropped up around the country in recent years.

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