I almost feel guilty saying this, but I have my share of dusty teacher's manuals in my room. I'm just not a fan of programs. I don't want to give off the impression that they're all evil. I know they have some good to offer. I'm sure they provide especially new teachers with a vision and plan, which are both very important. I think Regie's basically saying though, "Don't get too comfortable." A program is simply a resource that should be in a continual state of adaptation.
The closest thing to a program that I embrace in my room is Lucy Calkins' Units of Study for Primary Writing. Do I teach it exactly like Lucy? Nope, and I know that's just what she would expect of me in order to meet the needs of my students. Modify, adapt, pick and choose, make it your own.
Regie also says, "...none of the exemplary teachers were tied to commercial materials. Exemplary teachers taught children, and typical teachers taught programs." (185)
I understand this is only one person's opinion, but she inspires me to be exemplary.