Education Is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems

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Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 8, 2014 - Education - 200 pages
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Education Is Upside Down cuts through adjustments being made at technical levels of educational practice and accountability, challenging ideals and philosophies that have powered American Education for most of the last century. This book explains how and why long-standing approaches generate flawed instructional practices, flawed systemic reform efforts, and a fundamental misalignment between the educational institution and the society it is missioned to serve. Education Is Upside Down urges readers wishing to improve American Education to more carefully consider the institution’s central mission, challenge long-accepted truths of practice, and question current reform efforts and actions. In full, Education Is Upside Down resists the practitioner-vs.-reformer blame game, seeking ultimately to carefully untangle—not tighten by yanking on any single strand—the long-complicated knot of American Education.

 

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Contents

1 Of Mismatches and Missions
1
2 How to Use a Funnel
13
A Brief Annotated History
25
4 A Meaningless Engagement
39
5 Building Skyscrapers on Sand
57
6 How Schools Should Help Children Succeed
79
7 What Gets Measured Gets Done But Wont Necessarily Change Anything
99
8 Outside the Box But Standing Still
119
9 Too Scattered to Matter
133
Issues to Solve Actions to Take
143
11 Funnel of the Future
159
12 An Awesome Responsibility
171
Bibliography
175
About the Author
185
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Eric Kalenze has fifteen-plus years of experience in education, including teaching, coaching/advising, administration, and developing content and curriculum in the private sector. He lives in Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro with his wife, two daughters, and one Puggle.

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