This article makes the point that the perennial failures of school reform suggest that the problem needs to be redefined, and that focusing only on curriculum and teaching techniques, as had been done up to the time of writing, will continue to be insufficient. It suggests that a reconfiguration of schools and teacher roles may be required.
Also available at: Mechner, F. (1977). The “problem” of the schools. Educational Technology, 17(1), 45-47.