Is anyone familiar with the kids’ book The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater?
The main character lives on a very boring, uniform street. One day, a bird drops some paint on the roof of his house. Instead of painting over it, he supplements the Big Orange Splot on his roof with lots of other beautiful artwork all over his house and yard. His neighbors, one by one, become persuaded to take similar steps to make their own houses “look like all their dreams.”
I think this story provides a useful lens through which to view current efforts at education reform. Here is an allegory of the current education reform movement through the perspective of The Big Orange Splot: The Education System Needs a Seagull Carrying a Bucket of Paint