Common Sense School Reform by Frederick M. Hess

By Frederick M. Hess

Fail to remember every thing you think that you recognize approximately college reform. slicing throughout the cant, sentiment, and obfuscation characterizing the present college reform debate, Frederick M. Hess lacerates the normal "status quo" reform efforts and exposes the naivete underlying reform options that leisure on strategies like classification dimension relief, small colleges, and stronger specialist improvement. He explains that actual development calls for a bracing regime of logic reforms that create a tradition of competence through worthwhile excellence, punishing failure, and giving educators the liberty and adaptability to do their paintings. He records the scope of the demanding situations we are facing after which offers concrete innovations for addressing them via reforms to advertise responsibility, pageant, a 21st-century group, powerful college management, and brilliant reinvention. Engagingly written and drawing on genuine international reviews and examples, good judgment tuition Reform will generate debate and support set the schedule for the long run.

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Accountability enhances equity by forcing educators to ensure that even the most challenging students are making progress. As one superintendent explained to me, “Our accountability system caused us to focus on every child. It gave us the mechanism, the framework. Before, we’d looked at SAT scores and awards and other measures, but those were really only tracking our top 25 percent of kids. ” When we do not have clear goals, regular assessments, and consequences, it is easy for educators to shrug off disappointing outcomes.

The Red Cross, rocked by the challenges of 9/11 and leadership turmoil, did not moan about the necessary cuts or express indignation. ”53 That was that. ”54 Public schools are not being singled out for harsh treatment. In summer 2003, a decline in income forced San Francisco’s public television station KQED to eliminate 12 percent of its 265-member staff and cut salaries and INTRODUCTION 27 work hours for everyone else by 10 percent. During 2003, Seattle’s renowned public station KCTS was forced to lay off one third of its staff.

The schools that serve our poorest children are not working well, but less criticism of those schools and more help for the neighborhoods and families they serve are in order. . ”27 As American Educational Research Association president Marilyn Cochran-Smith has conceded, “[Notions like] teaching for social justice, teaching for social 20 COMMON SENSE SCHOOL REFORM change . . and teaching to change the world . . ”28 The point here is not to critique the political ideology of the Anyons, Berliners, and Cochran-Smiths.

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