In this short presentation to the South of Dayton Democratic Club, I analyze the Dayton Daily News opinion article written by Kevin Kelly, the Dean of the University of Dayton’s School of Education and Frank DePalma, the retired Superintendent of Centerville Schools, and I repeat most of what I wrote in my post: Put Away The Duct Tape, Public Education Needs To Be Rebuilt — Guided By New Principles. My point is that public education needs to transformed so that it changes direction.
In their DDN article, Drs. Kelly and DePalma defend the current system and essentially argue that we need more of the same, only with harder tests and requirements. They defend the key principles guiding the current system: 1) purpose of the current system is to transmit an established curriculum, 2) the merit of schools and teachers can be determined via the results of objective tests, and 3) to improve schools means to improve the scores on these objective tests. My point is that an education founded on such principles ignores many of the aims for education that traditionally a democratic nation has agreed is important to pursue and that reform leading to higher test scores ignores the fact that our current system is built on principles that in the big picture are inadequate. Rather than reforming schools, we need to transform them.
To reform, means to be more efficient in accomplishing the aims of the system. But if the aim of the system is wrong, then reform is not the answer. The problem is, regardless of how much the test scores improve, public education will still be failing to accomplish what it needs to accomplish. To transform, means to create a new system that will be focused on accomplishing a purpose very different from the old system.
The difference between “reforming” and “transforming” is a powerful insight. To plan for the future — Public Education In 2030 is the book I keep talking about writing— would require a compelling vision of what is possible. In my previous article, I took a stab at defining the principles of a new system, but in this short speech I didn’t develop these principles but instead simply tried to show a way of thinking that will encourage discussion about what new directions public education should be considering.
This is a collection of photos that I started taking in late August and continued to take, off and on, until now. A dahlia is an inspiring flower — a lot of work, but offering a big pay-off in its stunning, enchanting, mesmerizing and astonishing beauty. And this was a great year to grow them — lots of rain and not too hot. In my little backyard I had more plants than ever — about 100 plants — most growing about six feet tall and full of blooms.
This region’s first frost date is October 10, but, last year, the
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When Ohio’s new A-F school grading system is implemented in 2015, most schools will get a lower grade than what they get in the current system. Area educational leaders Kevin Kelly and Frank DePalma defend the new system, and in a DDN article give this explanation: “Ohio has raised its standards in bold and important ways for our children. … The lower grades are an inescapable part of the process of asking our schools, teachers and children to aim higher.”
The new system, according to Kelly and DePalma, will have a big pay-off. “Going forward,” they promise, “a high school diploma
…continue reading the article Put Away The Duct Tape, Public Education Needs To Be Rebuilt — Guided By New Principles
Ohio is phasing in a new A-F school grading system. When it is implemented, most schools and districts will receive a lower grade than what their evaluation in the current system would indicate. Now, 52% of Ohio schools are deemed “Excellent” or “Excellent with Distinction,” but in the new system only a few schools will be deemed worthy of a grade of “A”. Most schools will have a grade of “C” or less.
The point of the new system is to “raise the bar” with a tougher curriculum and harder tests and in so doing push students and schools to greater
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Dayton businessman, Russ Gottesman, this morning announced that he is seeking to be the Democratic Party’s candidate to represent Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. The event was held at the Patterson Homestead on Brown Street.
Gottesman’s message is that as an entrepreneur who at an early age started his own successful company, he understands how to bring jobs to the community. He said, “Jobs — it is what it is all about.”
It appears that Gottesman is about 35 years old — I can’t find his age. He is married with one child and has another child that will soon be born.
…continue reading the article Russ Gottesman Seeks 10th District Democratic Nomination —To Un-Seat Congressman Mike Turner
Our monthly meeting of the South of Dayton Democratic Club is this evening at 6:00 at the Wright Library in Oakwood. On the agenda is indicated time for a brief discussion of some of the ideas in my book, Public Education 2030. I sent this e-mail to the club members.
Dear Friends, I see our agenda for this evening includes the opportunity to briefly discuss some of the ideas in my book, Public Education 2030. (You can get a PDF here).
One essay (p. 30) reports on Ted Strickland’s forums on the future of Ohio’s system of public education. In these forums, Strickland challenged his listeners to
…continue reading the article To Strengthen Public Education, Democrats Should Advocate Transformation, Not Reformation
Trace Pickering in the April edition of the F.M. Duffy Reports, says the reform of public education is not sufficient, that what is needed is transformation. Much of what he says resonates with the point of view I develop in my book, Public Education 2030.
The first step to solving a problem is to understand the problem — to understand the nature of the problem. If we seek to solve the problem of how to improve public education, then we must first identify the problem to be solved. Pickering says there are two categories of problems — some problems are “tame”
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A revealing scale by which to judge goals and speeches that lately I’ve been applying is what might be called the North Korean Standard (NKS)— as in:
Could this proposal for school reform be made by the Educational Ministry of North Korea?
Could this pronouncement about citizenship be made by a mayor of North Korea?
Yes, the leaders of North Korea want their students to be competitive in math and science and beat the pants off the kids in other nations — And Arne Duncan wants the same. The leaders of North Korea want their citizens to work together effectively and to give
…continue reading the article Using the NKS To Evaluate President Obama’s Ohio State Commencement Speech on Citizenship
The book I am posting today — Public Education 2030, The Singularity Approaches — focuses on the future of public education.
I’ve shortened and summarized twenty-five of my previous posts on education so that most will fit on one page. I’ve added an “Introduction”, a “Message from the Author” and a “Conclusion” and I’ve grouped the posts into six sections: 1) The Singularity Approaches 2) Reforming Public Education 3) Building A Better System 4) The Aim of the System 5) Great Teachers and the Profession of Teaching 6) Good Character, the Key to Success 6) The Importance of Civic Education.
My goal in putting this publication together is twofold:
…continue reading the article My New Book — Public Education 2030 — Invites Readers To Discuss The Future Of Our School System
What a beautiful spring!
Last fall, at the end of the bulb planting season, I bought a ton of spring bulbs for 50% off and on several chilly November days, I planted them at the front of Centerville Methodist Church. I planted the bulbs in honor of my brother-in-law, Jim Dunaway and at the four year anniversary of his passing, April 20, they were blooming gloriously. I’m glad they turned out so beautifully and that the members of the church are very happy with their appearance. Last week when I had help from a friend I took these pictures and made a
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