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ERIC Number: EJ1013964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Reimagining School: District Administration Leadership Institute Members Take a "No-Holds-Barred" Look at the Future
Rhor, Monica
District Administration, v49 n5 p48, 50-51 May 2013
The problems in public education are worrisome and well-documented: lagging math and science scores, shaky skills in reading and writing, growing numbers of students reaching college ill-prepared--or simply not getting there at all. The search for solutions can often seem more like a competition to fling blame, with fault found in everything from overworked teachers and an outmoded academic structure to value-added assessment and an overemphasis on standardized testing. There are no clear-cut answers, no simple paths to fixing what is broken in public schools. But what if administrators were given a magic wand and the Harry Potter-like ability to cast a spell and cure what ails the education system? What would they replace or reinvent or just raze outright if there were no logistical, financial, or political concerns? No real-life constraints? What would they change? That was the question "District Administration's" Monica Rhor posed to a virtual roundtable of superintendents, representing a diverse collection of school districts. Their pie-in-the-sky proposals ranged from doing away with a rigid grade system and reworking the academic calendar year to implementing early childhood education and tossing out textbooks. At the heart of all the wishful thinking, however, there was a common thread: the idea that the public education system must find a way to adapt to the unique needs of individual students in individual districts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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