What is wrong with our schools? | Rethinking Education

What a timely piece by Kathreen Harrison, who answers this question so perfectly for our own policymakers.

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“The simple answer to ‘what is wrong with our schools’ is to be found not in studies about brain research, analyses of how to configure schools, or debates about curriculum – the simple answer is to be found in the serious dysfunction with which many schools and school districts are run.  A few examples?

~Teachers who are given continuing contracts despite overwhelming negative feedback from parents, students, and other teachers.

~School boards that vote to change educational programming for the sole purpose of reducing taxes and without evaluating impact on student outcomes.

~Hierarchical decision-making that excludes input from specialists on the teaching staff.

~Failure to collect feedback from teachers on administrative performance.

~If we are to improve student educational outcomes we need to start with addressing what is most obviously ‘wrong with our schools.’”

Read the original post:  What is wrong with our schools? | Rethinking Education.

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