Beyond Counterfeit Reforms / Edition 200

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Overview

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why do we do this?" when faced with the day-to-day realities of school, such as report cards, standardized tests, or textbooks? Chances are, if you are like most Americans, you haven't. William Spady has, however, and in "Beyond Counterfeit Reforms" he questions the dead-end assumptions of American education. He asserts a set of five "research realities" that should be the foundation of any truly learner-centered system: Human Potential, Human Learning, Domains of Living, Future Conditions, and Life Performance. Not only does Spady thoroughly articulate the bad news about the deep organizational flaws in our schools, but he develops the model of a Total Learning Community—a profoundly compelling description of a possible education and society which makes current reform methods look superficial and misguided in comparison.

Author Biography: William Spady is senior partner in ChangeLeaders, an international consulting company dedicated to maximizing personal and organizational effectiveness in business and education, located in Dillon, Colorado. He is known across the globe as a cutting-edge theorist, writer, developer, and leader in new-paradigm models of learning, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and outcome-based learning systems.

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Editorial Reviews

American School Board Journal
The more I read, the more I was moved by how articulately this document expressed what I had been thinking about learners, learning, living, and education..
Stephen Waddell
Beyond Counterfeit Reforms" offers educational, business, and political leaders a realistic blueprint for meeting the learning challenges of the 21st century.
Vickie Phelps
Spady reaches beyond the superficial to enable readers to see education through new eyes. The solutions he proposes create new, exciting structures for children.
Kurt Anderson
Beyond Counterfeit Reforms" is must-reading for all educators, parents, and community members. Spady's writing provides a wonderful catalyst for entire communities to gather and create dynamic schools. To ignore this book is to ignore the opportunity for children's success now and in the future.
American School Board Journal
The more I read, the more I was moved by how articulately this document expressed what I had been thinking about learners, learning, living, and education.
Vickie Phelps Ed.D
Spady reaches beyond the superficial to enable readers to see education through new eyes. The solutions he proposes create new, exciting structures for children.
Kurt Anderson Ph.D
Beyond Counterfeit Reforms is must-reading for all educators, parents, and community members. Spady's writing provides a wonderful catalyst for entire communities to gather and create dynamic schools. To ignore this book is to ignore the opportunity for children's success now and in the future.
Stephen Waddell
Beyond Counterfeit Reforms offers educational, business, and political leaders a realistic blueprint for meeting the learning challenges of the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810840096
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Education Bks.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 200
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

William Spady is senior partner in ChangeLeaders, an international consulting company dedicated to maximizing personal and organizational effectiveness in business and education, located in Dillon, Colorado. He is known across the globe as a cutting-edge theorist, writer, developer, and leader in new-paradigm models of learning, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and outcome-based learning systems.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Moving beyond Education's Dead End Choice 1
2 Embracing the New Research Realities 13
3 Total Learning for Total Living 29
4 Drowning in Old-Paradigm Inertia 47
5 Exposing the Numbers Game 61
6 Boxed in by Reform 79
7 Creating Standards for Transforming Education 95
8 Step 1: Establishing a Culture of Total Professionalism 111
9 Step 2: Laying a Foundation of Insight and Inquiry 127
10 Step 3: Defining Life Performance Learning Essentials 145
11 Step 4: Ensuring Empowering Learning Experiences 163
12 Step 5: Mobilizing Resources to Support Learning 181
Epilogue: The Culminating Step: Forging an Authentic Future for All Learners 195
Invitations to Act 201
Bibliography 211
About the Author 215
About the Contributors 216
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