Common Sense School Reform by Frederick M. Hess

By Frederick M. Hess

Disregard every thing you think that you recognize approximately institution reform. slicing during the cant, sentiment, and obfuscation characterizing the present university reform debate, Frederick M. Hess lacerates the normal "status quo" reform efforts and exposes the naivete underlying reform thoughts that relaxation on options like type dimension aid, small colleges, and more advantageous specialist improvement. He explains that actual development calls for a bracing regime of good judgment reforms that create a tradition of competence via profitable excellence, punishing failure, and giving educators the liberty and suppleness to do their paintings. He records the scope of the demanding situations we are facing after which offers concrete techniques for addressing them via reforms to advertise responsibility, pageant, a 21st-century team, powerful institution management, and brilliant reinvention. Engagingly written and drawing on actual global studies and examples, good judgment institution Reform will generate debate and aid set the time table for the long run.

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We don’t imagine that different doctors, architects, attorneys, or accountants must confront identical challenges before we can evaluate their work or hold them accountable for it. It is no great feat to make allowances for relative levels of difficulty. ”29 While Kozol was arguing that Americans are unwilling to pay the price tag of school improvement, we will shortly see that it is the status quo reformers who are unwilling to have educators or the education establishment bear the costs and dislocations required by commonsense reform.

Constructive suggestions for tweaking the status quo are a contribution, but they must not be thought— as their proponents too often do—to somehow alleviate the need for fundamental change. Once the broader changes are made, however, nuanced advice on implementing and refining them will prove invaluable. After decades of social experimentation, Americans have rediscovered that the simple answers are frequently the best answers. Watching crime explode in our cities taught us that acceptance of disorder breeds law-breaking.

Yet, public educators seem downright offended by static funding. More importantly, they seem to have convinced public officials and business leaders that asking educators to live by the same rules as other public agencies is somehow anti-education. This is a dangerous conceit that encourages waste and gives rise to lethargy. 28 COMMON SENSE SCHOOL REFORM William Ouchi, a professor in the graduate school of management at UCLA, has looked carefully at the spending figures of school systems and concluded, “The problem is not that there isn’t enough money in public schools.

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