You have no idea.
It might work -- but it probably won't.
And in the long run, it -- that class, or program, or app, or reform -- might work out better if you fail miserably in the short run.
These are some of the many thought-provoking ideas in Malcolm Gladwell's recent New Yorker article about economist Albert Hirschman (The Power of Failure).
The piece tells about how Hirschman became fascinated by large-scale mishaps that worked out really well in the end -- entirely unexpectedly.
Longtime readers of this site know that I'm fascinated and horrified by failure (my own and others').
The idea that failure can turn into success is lovely -- as is the idea that many failures stem from the belief that the task "looks easier and more manageable than it will turn out to be."
Sound familiar, reformers current and old-school?
But that's not all. The Gladwell article ends with a discussion of Hirschman's views on private school vouchers, about which he differed starkly with Milton Friedman.