America the Fixable: Push the reset button on school bureaucracy

This month, "America the Fixable" takes a new look at our schools and the bureaucratic tangles that hold them back.

Opening the discussion, Philip K. Howard writes that "America's schools are being crushed under decades of legislative and union mandates. They can never succeed until we cast off the bureaucracy and unleash individual inspiration and willpower."

In his essay "To Fix America's Education Bureaucracy, We Need to Destroy It," Howard writes: "Schools are human institutions. Their effectiveness depends upon engaging the interest and focus of each student. A good teacher, studies show, can dramatically improve the learning of students. What do great teachers have in common? Nothing, according to studies -- nothing, that is, except a commitment to teaching and a knack for keeping the students engaged...."

Visit The Atlantic to read the full article.

"America the Fixable" is an online magazine collaboration between The Atlantic and Common Good. It provides a bipartisan forum for the presentation of bold, new ideas to reform America's governmental and legal system--ideas that need to be part of the 2012 debate.