Make no mistake, this work is hard.
We set out to design a model that completely replaces the traditional factory model and we think it does. However, the time-based structures of the factory model have roots that run deep. These roots create all kinds of barriers for innovative school models which require clever work-arounds and waivers. While there are certainly barriers to overcome related to instruction and mindsets, the deep roots of time-based structures are often found in: grading and assessment, crediting and promotion, state reporting systems, and learning and information systems. What follows is a brief list of essential conditions that would allow for the full implementation of our model: