March 9, 1988

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A recent issue of Time magazine contained an advertising insert for a prominent San Francisco corporation and the building that bears its name. As I opened the section, the city's skyline and the Transamerica building popped up, with the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay in the background. Although the advertisement took my breath away, I later realized that we have come to expect, if not the design and color quality of this particular ad, then something approaching its visual allure in all of our reading material.
If we are to make essential changes in schools, we must work hard to suspend our disbelief in proposals that seem too radical for realization. A knee-jerk reaction that an idea cannot work--or will never be implemented--too often cuts off healthy debate and reinforces the status quo.
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