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Radical Idea #4

"What's missing is more time for parents and teachers to meet. Everyone talks about how important that relationship is, but these 10-minute conferences are of no value and we handicap teachers by having them do this type of work on their own hours. Give parents time off for parent-teacher conferences, just as we do for jury duty — it could be an employment policy. And have the student there; it makes the whole meeting more powerful."

Deborah Meier, senior scholar at New York University and human development leader of the Coalition of Essential Schools

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A version of this article appeared in the February 2011 issue of Fast Company magazine.