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ERIC Number: EJ771013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
The Long and Short of Educational Change
Hargreaves, Andy
Education Canada, v47 n3 p16-23 Sum 2007
The long and short of school improvement is that today and tomorrow both matter. More and more rushed reforms--however well intentioned--that produce multitudes of initiatives cascading down from the Minister's office, to the district superintendent and then to principals and their schools, will never get beyond the classroom door, and--except in the most basic and easily tested skill areas--to the teachers who ultimately control the destiny of children and their learning for today and tomorrow. There have to be, and already are, better paths to follow. Starting with learning, then managing up to engage and involve teachers in improving their teaching, investing in the leadership that builds high performing learning communities and supporting school networks that maximize learning and improving together--these principles do not have the overconfident authority of politically driven, top-down reform. Educational reform in Canada should not just be about narrowing numerical gaps in easily measurable outcomes, but should be about striving to benefit and enrich the learning of all students and all aspects of every student in an inspired and inclusive social and educational vision of what the country still stands for today and must aspire to become tomorrow.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada