Reader Duane Swacker reminds me to tell you that the most important book for our age was written fifty years ago.
It is Raymond Callahan’s Education and the Cult of Efficiency. It was published in 1962.
It may be hard to find. Get it from the library.
It describes the “efficiency movement” of the early twentieth century, when administrators developed check lists for everything that teachers do.
The university efficiency experts swarmed the schools. That was also the time when standardized testing was adopted by many school systems and tracking became a popular feature. Businessmen wanted the schools to be more efficient. Many commissions reported on how schools should use time more efficiently. Many commissions recommended ways to cut the budget of schools.
Read this book.
A tweeter sent this scan of chapter 5: https://webspace.utexas.edu/hcleaver/www/330T/350kPEECallahanCh5ExpertsTable.pdf