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ERIC Number: ED590221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Nov
Thinking Forward: New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education. A Collection of Essays Celebrating CRPE's 25th Anniversary
Lake, Robin J., Ed.
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Marking the Center on Reinventing Public Education's (CRPE's) 25th anniversary, this volume of essays rethinks foundational aspects of the current education system, from funding to accountability to equity, with an eye toward preparing every student for the future. The goal is not to propose what the education system of the future ought to look like, but to reexamine past assumptions, look for gaps in existing education policies and reforms, and offer provocative new ideas to address them. These essays consider ways to unbundle learning. But they also focus on the rebundling, elevating concerns about social mobility, opportunity for the disadvantaged, educational coherence, and safeguards for the public interest that have always been a part of the unique lens through which CRPE views the future of public education. Many questions--and potential risks--exist in even a gradual transition to more agile, student-centered learning systems. Yet, fundamentally rigid and inequitable structures prevent the current system from doing what is necessary to meet the needs of all students. Stagnant debates over issues that have long been the focus of education reformers--funding, parental choice, school accountability--demand an injection of fresh thinking that can awaken new political coalitions and bridge long-standing divides. The ideas presented in this volume are intended to provoke discussion and debate, not provide all the answers. These are difficult, debatable challenges and will require to untether from past orthodoxies and push each other's thinking. In the end, however, there is real urgency for beginning to try new approaches, test their efficacy, and build coalitions to create widespread change. The hope is that these essays help launch the work ahead. Following a foreword and executive summary the following essays are presented: (1) Learning in the Age of Agility: How U.S. Education Can Prepare Students to Solve the Problems of the Future; (2) To Serve Every Student Well, Design for the Tails, Not the Mean (Robin Lake and Travis Pillow); (3) Rethinking the Traditional High School-College-Career Continuum (Robin Lake, Georgia Heyward, and Tom Coyne); (4) Beyond the Bell: Leveraging Community Assets for an Expanded Learning System (Betheny Gross); (5) The Uncertain Future of Teaching (Michael DeArmond, Christine Campbell, and Paul Hill); (6) Educational Equality in the Future: Risks and Opportunity (Ashley Jochim); (7) Local Governance for an Innovating System (Paul Hill); (8) Funding a Nimble System (Travis Pillow and Paul Hill); and (9) Moving from a Portfolio of Schools to a Portfolio of Student Opportunities.
Descriptors: Public Education, Foundations of Education, Futures (of Society), Educational Trends, Educational Change, Equal Education, Educational Innovation, High Schools, Colleges, Elementary Secondary Education, School Community Relationship, Teaching (Occupation), Governance, Access to Education, Educational Finance
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.crpe.org
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Walton Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)