Common Sense School Reform by Frederick M. Hess

By Frederick M. Hess

Put out of your mind 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 traditional "status quo" reform efforts and exposes the naivete underlying reform techniques that relaxation on options like type dimension aid, small colleges, and greater specialist improvement. He explains that genuine development calls for a bracing regime of logic reforms that create a tradition of competence by means of worthwhile 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 suggestions for addressing them via reforms to advertise responsibility, festival, a 21st-century group, potent university management, and brilliant reinvention. Engagingly written and drawing on actual international reports and examples, logic university Reform will generate debate and support set the schedule for the longer term.

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28 The point here is not to critique the political ideology of the Anyons, Berliners, and Cochran-Smiths. They are entitled to their views. The commonsense concern, however, is that it is easy to become unserious about school performance and improvement when swept up in broader social agendas. Not too long ago, a dean of a New Jersey school of education and new president of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (the association of the nation’s schools of education), explained to me: “School improvement takes time, and parents have to be patient.

In January 2003, Klein announced his intention to move aggressively, especially on the problem of school leadership in the city’s most troubled schools. He boldly proposed inserting a clause to the new collective bargaining agreement being negotiated with the principals’ union that would allow him to pay $25,000 bonuses to some of the city’s best principals if they 16 COMMON SENSE SCHOOL REFORM would accept reassignment to low-performing schools. His proposals won accolades from a variety of do-good groups.

30 COMMON SENSE SCHOOL REFORM “The Law of the Aluminum Bullet” Efforts to replicate promising individual successes at scale have routinely and predictably foundered. Why? First, the first schools to pioneer any effort— whether it be a reading program or a whole-school reform—are led by entrepreneurs who are invested in the idea, have thought it through clearly, know how it works, and have reasons for wanting to adopt it at their school. Second, these pioneers find it easy to attract motivated teachers from other schools who are eager to be part of a focused, exciting, and visible program.

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