' Because the country has become addicted to superficial ‘reform,’ it must, like all addicts, own the problem and face up to the costs of addiction. In my book, those are the first three Steps. However, school leaders do not need to look backwards and point fingers. Why not just ask their communities, “Do you think we can improve our schools?” That (rhetorical) question will elicit a chorus of yes, yes, and yes, which provides a license for moving ahead. So, to make it easier for courageous school boards and superintendents to take on the challenge of transforming their schools, John Merrow reduced the book’s 12-Step program to just NINE steps.! A must read!