How to address a glaring disconnect between the demands of the new knowledge-based economy and the drill-and-practice mentality currently driving education in many of the nation's classrooms: This was a key theme addressed by the thousands of educators who gathered in Orlando April 2-4 for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) annual conference.

Guided by a federal law often criticized for its reliance on standardized test scores, more than 11,000 teachers and administrators from every state and more than 35 countries met to trade ideas about how best to prepare the nation's antiquated education system--and


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