ERIC Number: ED346606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Some Recommendations for Education (and All of Us): Valuing Differences as Collaboration beyond Outcomes Assessment and Total Quality Management/Demingism.
Sadler, Lynn Veach
Recommendations for a national educational agenda that is based on tolerance for cultural diversity and real collaboration are presented in this paper with emphasis on the W. E. Deming model of Total Quality Management, or "Demingism." Two problems in American education are academic performance and the failure of disadvantaged schools. Ten recommendations are discussed; they call for: (1) an educational vision that sees the role of education as going beyond job preparation to promoting the students'"full humanity"; (2) a national task force for establishing guidelines for finding nonpartisan solutions at both federal and state levels; (3) a National Educational Compact that defines education's leadership role and a belief that students can learn; (4) a national information clearinghouse for accessing approaches, experiments, and ideas being tried or proposed; (5) a national task force to find ways to apply theories of cognitive development, optimal learning stages, and the functioning of the brain not only to education but from birth; (6) a national task force to synthesize research on learning styles, develop teaching techniques, and encourage development of software for learning styles; (7) a national higher education task force for research dissemination; (8) a national task force to synthesize the assessment and total quality management approaches; (9) an increase in college presidents' involvement; and (10) the reading of Ron Miller's "What Are Schools For? Holistics Education in American Culture." (85 references and 49 endnotes) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Creating the Quality School (Norman, OK, March 30-April 1, 1992).