In a hopeful blueprint for revitalizing America’s public schools, acclaimed educator Deborah Meier discusses her own work as co-principal of Central Park East, an alternative public secondary school in East Harlem. Meier also advocates for small classes that encourage independent, critical thinking by using real-world exercises. Her blueprint for reform calls for enclave schools with autonomy over teaching; parents’ right to choose the schools their children will attend; and student participation in socially useful, school-directed work experiences. The Power of Their Ideas is a timeless classic that continues to inspire educators today.