**Parker Charter Essential School in Ayer, Mass. (on the former Ft. Devens grounds) is the best example of a public school moving in the direction of a high quality, democratic education. Check out their curriculum, assessment, and other online resources!
The **Coalition of Essential Schools Field Book also has numerous links showing how SOME schools avoid the problems Gatto cites.
**Empowering Students: Essential Schools' Missing Link
**Defensive Routines and Organizational Learning -- Searching for the way out of "political" decision making and leadership
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