Tuesday, September 17, 2019

MyNotes: Leading High-Performance School Systems Part 2

Continuing my notes and takeaways from Marc Tucker's book, Leading High-Performance School Systems. I have to admit to being quite engaged with Chapter 1. Before I jump into it, I'm going to take a moment to capture a few other key points Tucker makes in the introduction. Check out the series to see what has come before.

Check out this video below on the book...approx 3 hours.


Leading High-Performance School Systems from NCEE on Vimeo.

MyNotes on Marc Tucker's book, Leading High-Performance School Systems

  1. Introduction
    1. The most recent research shows that millennials in the U.S. workforce, once the best educated in the world, are now among the least well educated in the industrialized world (Goodman, Sands, & Coley, 2017)
    2. This is bad news for the U.S. since the amount/quality of your education makes more difference to your income than ever before.
    3. We have to figure out how to enable the students who now leave school with a 7th or 8th grade reading level and a poor command of 8th grade math (NCEE, 2013) to graduate instead with much higher skills-both cognitive and noncognitive skills--and we have to figure out how to do it for much not much more than we are spending now, because there simply is no more money.
    4. We know this can be done because most of the countries that have been outperforming us have been spending less than we do. How to do it is what the book is about.
As I read this introduction, especially the points above, I couldn't help but make connections between Mike Schmoker's assertions. Our children are in the hole, and our big education system can't compete with the countries that are outperforming us. We're spending lots of money, but what is it getting us? Against this backdrop, you can't help but wonder, maybe Schmoker is right. Our kids may be learning something in school, but it's not going to prepare the U.S. to excel.


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