Editor’s note: This commentary is by Rep. Randall Szott, D-Barnard, a member of the House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs. He is a writer, educator and library director who has lectured around the U.S. and a former merchant mariner and chef.

Unfortunately, mandated school district consolidation in Vermont has demonstrated that we are losing the battle to preserve the unique community resource embodied in our small schools. A pernicious vocabulary is being imported from other parts of the country – performance, value, efficiency, choice, accountability. You even hear talk of “design thinking” which is more jargon from business school consultants that don’t have a clue what design actually entails. These words have their origin in a worldview that sees economic questions at the

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