Thank you for the comment - this was a fantastic project. I had four teams across two sections of my Introduction to Education class working on four different school-reform proposals. Esme was on the "Better Trained Teachers" team. Other teams included "Classroom Supplies Budgets," "Smaller Teacher:Student Ratios," and "Late-start Rather than Early-release Minimum Days."
All four teams presented their finding to our school's Faculty Council. It was a proud-parent kind of day, watching them talk with such poise and preparation.
I did nothing to influence the choices my students made regarding their choices of reform ideas to pursue. They came up with over twenty different ideas and then discusses the relative merit and feasibility of each before settling on the four they would work on.
It was my opportunity to visit Finland and talk with teachers and education officials there that influences our studies of that country as a comparison model. What a joy it was to exchange e-mails with my students as they studied in books what I was studying in person.
You can find several essays about Esme's project and my other teams at my blog "After the Bell" on www.teachingquality.org.