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Making Schools Work: A Revolutionary Plan to Get Your Children the Educ Paperback – November 18, 2008
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He also tries to make it seem as if Seattle teachers, by voting more than 85% a no-confidence vote, were trying to get back at the superintendent for his work in changing the procedure for teacher removal. Again, untrue. Teachers voted against him because of his lack of ability in running the district. They were joined by the principals executive board and by so many parents that he was forced to resign. The only supporters he had left sat on the school board which promptly saw the majority overturned in the last election.
Couple this disinct penchant for fudging the truth to support his theories with the recent revelations in print and on television about the so-called Houston miracle makes this entire book suspect.
The many examples of successful schools filled with traditionally under-achieving students really break the stereotype that certain kids can't learn. And the sympathetic explanation of the systemic impediments facing teachers clearly show that we don't have a problem with our educators -- it is the system.
I highly recommend this book to all education policy makers, legislators, educators and parents. Making Schools Work is a realistic and optimistic vision of our future.
I know you are busy, so I encourage you to do a good old college-style "gut the book" exercise on this one. It reads well and is only as long as it needs to be (262 uncrowded pages). Speed-devour 100 pages a night and you can get the essence in 2 stints.
I've been voraciously consuming education reform literature, and this one is by far the best of the lot. It gives me a considerable sense of hope that Governor Schwartzenegger has read it and reportedly gave it to some people as a Christmas present. I suspect that this will be a book that many, many people read and talk about.
Prof. Ouchi worked with a team of researchers to analyze the organizations of hundreds of schools and districts, documenting trends in function and dysfunction and examples of turnarounds. He took the findings and synthesized them into seven "keys." He does a great, sensitive job of explaining how none of these alone is the magic answer -- rather, progress is made by working on all seven together. One of the super things about this book: it is very grounded in the reality that education is about people. He speaks to the reader as a potential reformer, and never gets highfalutin or pessimistic. He reminds the reader often that the people involved almost never WANT bad things to happen. Things just seem to work out that way when the organization is busted.Read more ›
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Dr. Ouchi relates the truths behind why so many schools in the US fail. He correctly explains how to fix them calling for principals to be entrepreneurial and creative. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bruce C Davis
Let the money follow each student. YES!
Let each campus determine their own budget, YES!
Have each ISD home office treat each Principal like a multi star general. YES! Read more
Like many books in this field, things that should be considered obvious are presented like the author has discovered the mystery of the atom. Read morePublished on July 14, 2006 by Ving
An easy must read for all!
This book is a must read. As a parent activist and public school teacher, this book is a great handbook to revolution in the schools. Read more
This book contains many common sense suggestions for improving our schools; however, his figures for Catholic school spending are off. Read morePublished on October 13, 2003
William Ouchi has taken his management and organizational expertise and applied it to a detailed and thorough analysis of public and private schools in six North American cities. Read morePublished on October 8, 2003 by Carl W. McKinzie