Permission to Forget: And Nine Other Root Causes of America's Frustration with Education

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When a successful organization experiences a problem, it will use root-cause analysis to determine why the problem happened, and identify the steps need to correct and ultimately prevent it from happening again. You cannot fix it until you know where it is broken, but you cannot find out what is broken until you ask the right questions. But within the American education system, the prevailing attitude is to say 'that's just how the system works,' or to issue a general blame to the bureaucrats in Washington and ...
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Overview

When a successful organization experiences a problem, it will use root-cause analysis to determine why the problem happened, and identify the steps need to correct and ultimately prevent it from happening again. You cannot fix it until you know where it is broken, but you cannot find out what is broken until you ask the right questions. But within the American education system, the prevailing attitude is to say 'that's just how the system works,' or to issue a general blame to the bureaucrats in Washington and the state capitol. Many people see that it is wrong, but few are asking the right questions to figure out why.

Best-selling author Lee Jenkins has spent his entire career working in and with schools, beginning as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and now a consultant helping schools tackle difficult problems. Jenkins believes that the problem with the American school system lies with the poor management system in place at all levels, including the classroom, school, and district. In Permission to Forget, Jenkins has identified ten critical root-cause problems and offers concise solutions to help change them. This book is the companion for Jenkins' best-selling guide Improving Student Learning which provides in-depth answers to these ten problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873896320
  • Publisher: ASQ Quality Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,228,163
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Permission to Forget
Chapter 2 The Wrong Statistics
Chapter 3 The Pendulum
Chapter 4 Pressure versus Removing Barriers
Chapter 5 Change after Change with No improvement
Chapter 6 The False Belief that Experience is the Best Teacher
Chapter 7 No Clear Aim
Chapter 8 Poor Psychology
Chapter 9 Always the Referee, Rarely the Coach
Chapter 10 Teaching Is the Constant; Learning Is the Variable
Further Insight A University-Level Look at the Ten Root Causes of Educational Frustration
Appendix A What Is Root Cause Analysis?
Appendix B The Search for the Root Causes
Appendix C Example Science Key Concepts
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