Freedom! Independence! The dream of being on one’s own! That’s the American ethic, nurtured by tales of hardy immigrants who took their lives into their own hands to brave a new country and of all those pioneers pushing the frontier ever westward. Kept alive by fable and fact in our culture and in all of the thousands of school districts of this country, the persistence of this ethic must mean that we’re turning out kids who just can’t wait to be entrepreneurs, right? Wrong.
One part of the explanation could be that both schools and parents believe that big is better, necessary, and even inevitable. This reverence for bigness is fed by several sources, including the unproven and questionable assumptions of planners and economists that bigger is necessarily more efficient and effective than smaller.
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