chapter  4
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Schooling as Organizational Drama

We now turn to the staging of the drama of schooling. Normally drama takes place in some kind of theatrical space, with various types of stage space, lighting, set storage areas, rehearsal studios and dressing rooms. The world of theater also implies understandings about how people will behave while rehearsing and enacting the drama. The script is accepted as the framework within which everything else happens. Lighting, costuming, scenery, positioning and movement of the actors are all suggested or implied in the script. Small deviations from the script may be allowed for justifiable reasons, but the integrity of the drama will be compromised by too many adaptations. The drama then becomes a different one — perhaps better, but different from the original one.