chapter  2
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Basic Strategies Across the Disciplines . . . . . . First Gear: The Process of Planning Backwards

Beyond that irony, however, is an assumption about schools and young people. The assumption is that they can’t, in fact, be given responsibility, that they can’t be trusted, and that they need to be controlled by a fairly harsh authoritarian system. Given what we know about adolescent development-and its need to assert its individuality and independence during those years-could we design a more difficult environment for our students? Not only does it ask them to “sit quietly and behave” (for about five to six hours a day!) but it also requires them to lose their individual identity, voice, sense of personal power (and, often, space) and submit to an authority which almost never asks for their opinion, input, or ideas.