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One of the longest-running shows in town i written and produced for a highly select audience. The name of the show? The Model Developmental Lesson. The audience? Principals and assistant principals. The cast? The teacher and students. The price of admission? Administrative credentials and a conspicuous lack of common sense.
Fifty years ago, large schools were fashionable. It was part of a movement that established the comprehensive high school. Today, large schools are understood to be detrimental to effective schooling.
In the school of which I am principal, there are no guns. That is not particularly surprising, since our bucolic campus is located in the most affluent community in the wealthiest state in the richest country in the world.
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