The simple answer to ‘what is wrong with our schools’ is to be found not in studies about brain research, analyses of how to configure schools, or debates about curriculum – the simple answer is to be found in the serious dysfunction with which many schools and school districts are run.
A few examples?
- Teachers who are given continuing contracts despite overwhelming negative feedback from parents, students, and other teachers.
- School boards that vote to change educational programming for the sole purpose of reducing taxes and without evaluating impact on student outcomes.
- Hierarchical decision-making that excludes input from specialists on the teaching staff.
- Failure to collect feedback from teachers on administrative performance.