By Frederick M. Hess
Omit every thing you think that you recognize approximately tuition reform. slicing throughout the cant, sentiment, and obfuscation characterizing the present institution reform debate, Frederick M. Hess lacerates the normal "status quo" reform efforts and exposes the naivete underlying reform suggestions that relaxation on options like type dimension aid, small faculties, and more desirable specialist improvement. He explains that genuine development calls for a bracing regime of good judgment reforms that create a tradition of competence by means of profitable excellence, punishing failure, and giving educators the liberty and adaptability to do their paintings. He records the scope of the demanding situations we are facing after which offers concrete strategies for addressing them via reforms to advertise responsibility, festival, a 21st-century group, powerful university management, and good reinvention. Engagingly written and drawing on actual international stories and examples, good judgment institution Reform will generate debate and aid set the schedule for the long run.
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In Buffalo, Marion Canedo, the superintendent of a district spending well over $11,000 per student opined, “I don’t know how to make services multiply with decreased revenues. ”52 All organizations, even worthy ones, must sometimes tighten their belts. The American Red Cross announced in 2003 that it would lay off 231 of its roughly 4,000 employees, including 145 from the blood services division. The Red Cross, rocked by the challenges of 9/11 and leadership turmoil, did not moan about the necessary cuts or express indignation.
Constructive suggestions for tweaking the status quo are a contribution, but they must not be thought— as their proponents too often do—to somehow alleviate the need for fundamental change. Once the broader changes are made, however, nuanced advice on implementing and refining them will prove invaluable. After decades of social experimentation, Americans have rediscovered that the simple answers are frequently the best answers. Watching crime explode in our cities taught us that acceptance of disorder breeds law-breaking.
This is a dangerous conceit that encourages waste and gives rise to lethargy. 28 COMMON SENSE SCHOOL REFORM William Ouchi, a professor in the graduate school of management at UCLA, has looked carefully at the spending figures of school systems and concluded, “The problem is not that there isn’t enough money in public schools. ”59 How can this be? Quite simply, the problem is not one of insufficient money. The problem is one of insufficient accountability, flexibility, and good management. The problem is our failure to foster a culture of competence in our schools.
Common Sense School Reform by Frederick M. Hess