Education Is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems

Education Is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems

by Eric Kalenze


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Education Is Upside Down cuts through adjustments being made at technical levels of educational practice and accountability, challenging ideals and philosophies that have powered American Education for most of the last century. This book explains how and why long-standing approaches generate flawed instructional practices, flawed systemic reform efforts, and a fundamental misalignment between the educational institution and the society it is missioned to serve. Education Is Upside Down urges readers wishing to improve American Education to more carefully consider the institution’s central mission, challenge long-accepted truths of practice, and question current reform efforts and actions. In full, Education Is Upside Down resists the practitioner-vs.-reformer blame game, seeking ultimately to carefully untangle—not tighten by yanking on any single strand—the long-complicated knot of American Education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475809930
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/13/2014
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Eric Kalenze has fifteen-plus years of experience in education, including teaching, coaching/advising, administration, and developing content and curriculum in the private sector. He lives in Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro with his wife, two daughters, and one Puggle.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1
Of Mismatches and Missions

Chapter 2
How To Use a Funnel

Chapter 3
The Funnel Tips: A Brief Annotated History

Chapter 4
A Meaningless Engagement

Chapter 5
Building Skyscrapers on Sand

Chapter 6
How (Schools Should Help) Children Succeed

Chapter 7
What Gets Measured Gets Done (…but won’t necessarily change anything)

Chapter 8
Outside the Box, But Standing Still

Chapter 9
Too Scattered to Matter

Chapter 10
Righting the Funnel: Issues to Solve, Actions to Take

Chapter 11
Funnel of the Future: An Audacious Ideal Model and What to Do Locally, Starting Today

Chapter 12
An Awesome Responsibility



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