Teachers must take a more proactive role in overhauling a public school system that is ill-equipped to prepare today's students for the demands of an increasingly competitive global economy, University of Pennsylvania professor and lecturer Ted Hershberg warned education leaders on the opening day of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's (ASCD's) national conference in Orlando April 2.

Hershberg, who also serves as executive director for Operation Public Education, a research group that develops strategies for education reform, was one of a handful of distinguished educators to use the challenges of the 21st century as a


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