Thursday, October 20, 2011

Competing reform agendas

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"Check out the compelling Commentary in Education Week (Oct 19, 2011) back page:

“Two Education Reform Agendas: One Leads to Success Across the Globe, the other to the U.S. System” by Marc Tucker (President at NCEE).

Quotes from the article:

“We cannot fire our way to a world-class teaching force.”

“Our organization, the National Center on Education and the Economy has researched the education systems of the top-performing nations for more than 20 years to find out how they do it. It turns out the explanation is pretty straightforward."

"First, most of these top-10 nations put more money behind their hardest-to-educate students than those who are easier to educate. Second, most have developed world-class academic standards for their students, a curriculum to match the standards, and high-quality examinations (not multiple choice tests) and instructional materials based on that curriculum. And teachers are prepared to teach the required curriculum, though they are treated like professionals and therefore often have considerable discretion in their practice.”

“And while we (U.S.) have a teacher quality agenda, it is pointed in a direction and based on a set of principles that are nearly antithetical to those pursued by our competitors.” "


Anonymous said...

Larger classes, fewer courses planned in city

This is outrageous! Cuts should never reduce the level or quality of education for children. It is the only reason that schools exist. Reform agendas that reduce courses and enlarge classes are done at the expense of the quality of education for children. We need to take almost all of Central Office personnel out of "341" and place them in schools IF they are "highly qualified" to teach. Schools do not exist for "reform agendas," various "chiefs," numerous "assistant superintendents", "directors" (ad nauseum), and layer upon layer of consultants, etc.

We continue to lose schools, decline in achievement levels; yet, we expand central office and consultant venues. How does this make sense?

Anonymous said...

It lines the pockets of the 99%. (Education is the new gold rush for the weathy) It is not supposed to make sense, the teachers are to "blame".

I hope normal republicans figure out this Ponzi scheme before it is too late.

deegazette said...

The challenge for any business has always been to impose austerity practices in lean times and in times when capital was needed for acquisition or expansion. The goal was always to prevent diminishing the final product and to keep customers happy. Ask a few people and you will undoubtedly hear that operations of multiple departments were consolidated under a single manager as a way to reduce overhead in many local suuccessful businesses. Why hasn't PPS tried to make such moves?