After 60 years with schools and the gathering of 7,500 reports, articles, notes, conference handouts and the experience as a teacher, principal, and university teacher, I’ve written the book, I always planned about different and better ways of schooling.
The book, School Transformation at 450 pages with 500 footnotes (on the bottom of the referenced page), and written without jargon for the general public, educators and policy makers. It has stories, quotes, my experiences and famous but little known items, that new generations would have seen go viral.
I’m getting a good reaction, some calling it the education book of the century. It will stimulate a new way of thinking about our outmoded system. They say only I could have written it because of my base of experience and references. I’m certain it will excite you.
School Transformation is available from Amazon.
“The person who grabs a cat by the tail learns about 44 percent faster than those just watching.” (Mark Twain) quote from School Transformation.
“I don’t blame teachers and administrators for school shortcomings. They were trained for their roles and are given little wiggle room. They work diligently and creatively to make the current system effective. Some would change the system if they had the authority, time, and encouragement to do so.” From School Transformation
Winston Churchill is thought to have said, I love learning. But I don’t always like being taught.
I have never let schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain.
Boy says to friend, “I taught my dog to talk.” Friend, “Come on! Dogs can’t talk. Show me.” Boy, “I didn’t say he could talk. I only said I taught him.”
People today do not even know what children are actually like. They only know what children are like in schools. (Carol Black)
Today’s schools aren’t a good fit for the modern era notwithstanding the dedication of teachers and principals. School people work hard but with a model developed 120 years ago. Everyone trying to improve schools struggles to get a little more mileage from the conventional system. They succeed to an extent but the present model is reaching an upper limit. It’s like trying to make a typewriter into a word processor.
Schools aren’t good enough in many areas: too many students are bored and disengaged; citizenship skills like critical thinking are poorly developed; 20th century skills, community participation and personal health and talents are not valued or measured. Modern principles of learning are not applied. Too much talent goes wasted. Today’s schools are a poor fit for the internet age.
It doesn’t have to be that way. We will share ideas on this site to:
- Clarify the shortcomings of today’s schools. This won’t rely on international comparisons and test scores. This will be describing Old Schools in a New Era page.
- Describe the new era and its implications for schools including how students learn and the societal forces impacting schools. This will be the New Era page.
- Provide a new conceptualization of schooling for this new era.
I want to see schools (even the word “school” conjures an image and gets in the way of rethinking) that are places of action, where the doors swing both ways tapping the goldmine of community resources, where schools are a beehive of active students in a variety of ventures and expression, and where teachers and administrators draw upon their creativity in creating schooling fitting our changing democracy.