Three Small Steps for School Success: The Broken Windows Theory

"Staff, come to the library for a quick stand up meeting." Oh no. In my experience, "quick stand up meetings" meant bad news. Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay We sauntered toward the center of the school. Some clutched their belongings, a few murmured together, but most entered the library in silence. The staff of …

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From Systems to Structures Part 2: Four Models for Learning

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com In From Systems to Structures Part 1, I discussed the importance for a new guiding metaphor in the world of education. We call education a system that requires reform. Instead, we can transform education when we build a structure. To build a solid Education Structure we need a blueprint, a model from which to start. …

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From Systems to Structures Part 1: A New Metaphor for Education

The Education System. Many people today discuss our education system, how it is failing, and what to do to fix it. But the simple fact that we use the word "system" implies a metaphor that may be contributing to education's failure and the ineffectiveness of reform strategies. Metaphors unconsciously guide our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Metaphorical …

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The Curse of Standardization: Equal is not Alike

Standardization (verb) The process of making something conform to a standard. To bring into conformity with a standard. Standard (Noun) Something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example. A structure built for or serving as a base or support.  Standard (Adjective) Constituting or conforming to a standard especially as established by law or …

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