The Pitfalls of Reform: Its Incompatibility with Actual Improvement

The Pitfalls of Reform: Its Incompatibility with Actual Improvement

by John Tanner


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The systems that make up the accountability package in education: standards, assessments, and the quality determination for a school, have each entered the educational field under the explicit assumption by their creators that they would drive educator behavior in a positive way. But what if that isn’t actually the case? What if each of the components was actually designed for another purpose entirely and now is tasked with a role that was never considered in its design?

If that is the case those who put the systems in place risk expecting a result that the system was never designed to produce. That is exactly where we find ourselves today.

In education the misalignment between what the systems were designed to do and the intent of those who selected them is masked in the sheer complexity of the educational exercise. What this book does so marvelously is unravel that complexity and present the contradictions in a clear, coherent manner. Understanding these contradictions is the first step towards actual improvement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610489225
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 12/27/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Tanner has made a career out of examining the systems that make up the field of education in an effort to better understand their real impact on students. He is best known for making some of the most complex parts of the educational process readily understandable. He resides in San Antonio, TX, with his wife, Madeline. Between the two of them, they have six children, a dog, a cat, a bird, and a goldfish named Simon.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Changes to the Educational Improvement Formula

Chapter 1:The Educational Formula
Chapter 2: The Paradigm Of School Reform
Chapter 3: The Trouble With “Rigor”
Chapter 4: The Idea of Educational Standards
Chapter 5: Standardized Tests
Section 2: Accountability

Chapter 6: Accountability Within The Educational Formula
Chapter 7: The Bigger Idea Of School Accountability
Chapter 8: Locating Success
Section 3: The Next Generation Of Change: Moving Away From An Unfit Fitness

Chapter 9: Fomenting the Right Changes
Chapter 10: Cause and Effect and Inefficiencies

Conclusion: the birth of something great
Afterward: The Future of Schooling

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