The 12 steps to transform any school system
Educational futures include the following 12 steps:
- Schools as year-round community centers.
- Ask your customers first.
- Guarantee customer satisfaction.
- Cater to all intelligence traits and learning styles.
- Use the world's best teaching methods.
- Invest in your key resources: teachers.
- Make everyone a teacher as well as a student.
- Plan a four-part curriculum.
- Change the educational assessment system.
- Use tomorrow's technology in education.
- Use the entire community as an education resource.
- For everyone, the right to choose their type of education.
These 12 steps are outlined in detail by Gordon Dryden and Dr.
Jeannette Vos in chapter 13 of The Learning Revolution, which
was 1999's biggest-selling book, with almost 9 million copies
sold in China alone.
The Singapore centralized education model. Every community has
existing educational assets - land, buildings, teachers and
administrators - and, like any great success story, the best
educational achievements will come by starting with our assets,
defining the vision, and creatively planning to link the two.
It also seems to us that any sensible vision should include these factors:
continual learning will be a fact of life for everyone.
- Inside that
context, everyone should be encouraged to plan his or her own
curriculum for life.
- While there is no
one right way to teach or learn, there are many techniques to
enable anyone to learn faster, better, smarter. And an
open-minded search for new ideas is central to tomorrow's world,
and central to tomorrow's schools.
- Every state or
country also has different school-health relationships,
administrative systems, teacher training programs. And, as in
any other field, progress will often depend on the vision and
drive of individual leaders: principals, teachers, parents,
administrators and political leaders.
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