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ERIC Number: ED421125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 6
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Educational Reform: Ten Ideas for Change, Plus or Minus Two.
Kauffman, Dan; Hamza, Khalid
This paper focuses on new ways of viewing the educational system by affecting change via small, initial adjustments. A number of fundamental ideas are presented that could be implemented by states, either individually or collectively, to change current educational systems into Information Age systems. Taking the cue from Chaos Theory, which states that all systems have a sensitive dependence upon initial conditions, the following small conceptual variations are suggested that might result in large substantive changes: (1) change the endorsement of teachers from certification to licensing; (2) change the school system from a time constant-achievement variable status to an achievement constant-time variable status; (3) recognize that it is the individual who learns, and not the group; (4) recognize that the learner is the customer, not the product; (5) adopt the Deming system of profound knowledge; (6) change the funding method of schools--funding should go directly to schools, be related to the satisfaction of the customer, and be established by the quality of the product; (7) adopt ideas from the new sciences; (8) emphasize creativity; (9) require that all educational activities be based upon verifiable learning theories; and (10) use technology in new ways. (Contains 24 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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