The essays in this text together constitute both a critique of current policies in education and a clear statement of an alternative vision of progressive education practice. Addressing important topics, like the ways children learn, testing, evaluation and assessment, staff development, racial diversity, and community, are some of the nation’s most experienced and thoughtful voices The essays provide compelling, jargon-free explanations of the ideas embodied in the progressive perspective, along with classroom stories that will strike a chord of recognition in anyone who has worked with children in schools.