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Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education 1st Edition

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"Shift Ed’s major strength is awakening Americans, especially the educational community, to the reality that change is here. We must prepare our young scholars for a global society, as opposed to past teaching and learning practices."

(Belinda J. Raines, Principal 2010-11-19)

“Thanks to David for leading the charge. Shift Ed: A Call for Transformation of K-12 Education is a blueprint for getting it right in education.”

(Charles Sosnik, Editor in Chief 2010-11-19)

“America needs a new educational vision. Shift Ed provides a clear vision that emphasizes the essential ingredients of a 21st-century education based upon creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Houle and Cobb make a great case that nothing less than transformation will be enough.” (Dan Pink, Author 2011-02-09)

“As an urban educator who is passionate about transformative international education, Shift Ed strikes a deep chord. It is a bold call to action to ensure universal student success in a globalized environment that is always changing.”

(Ellen Estrada, Principal 2010-11-19)

"David Houle and Jeff Cobb make a powerful case for a transformative shift in schooling, and explain what such a shift might entail. They persuasively and passionately argue that deep-rooted norms need to be fundamentally rethought in tandem with larger technological and social changes. Their vision of what the next decade might hold and their assertion that student-centered, progressive instruction is the way of the future are sure to spark smart discussion among educators, policymakers, and parents wondering what's next for schooling."

(Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies 2010-11-22)

"As an educator, I highly recommend this book on the transformation of K–12 education. Old ways, repeating the past, and no change are hallmarks of a broken system. Shift Ed outlines the case for building a new system of K–12 education." (Jerry Ice, President and CEO 2010-11-10)

“Our future rests in the hands of our children, and these hands must be strong to accomplish this great task. Their strength will come from their education but, unfortunately, our education system is failing them. David Houle and Jeff Cobb’s Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education is a powerful voice in the honest conversation that must lead to a solution.”  (Lewis Hollweg, CEO 2010-11-19)

Shift Ed challenges your educational mindset without being intimidating. I spent the entire read asking myself, “why not?”

(R. Jon Frey, Assistant Principal 2010-11-19)

“We can’t educate the leaders of tomorrow with yesterday’s education model. Houle and Cobb offer a much needed, action-oriented, transformative vision for what K-12 education must become. It’s time to stop talking and start doing. Our future depends on it.” (Rafael Pastor, Chairman of the Board & CEO 2010-11-19)

“The strength of this book is the strong case the authors make for change. They point out how our nation is falling behind in the quest for global supremacy and what changes need to be brought about for that problem to be corrected.”

(Randel Beaver, Superintendent 2010-11-19)

“Shift Ed is a call to action. There’s no doubt that the David Houle and Jeff Thomas Cobb have identified where education must go, so the question becomes how will we – as parents and educators and community leaders – get there? Shift Ed is the kind of book that makes us ask the toughest questions about how we’re educating our children today, and provides a broad vision for changes we simply have to start preparing for and making today.” (Tim Sullivan, Founder 2010-11-29)

"David Houle uses his vision to identify the need for transformation in education, as he has so profoundly done for us in business. Shift Ed is a must-read, and it resonates to people many levels: from citizens, taxpayers, grandparents, and family to passionate educators observing the frustrations of the system that can't effectively compete or function in today's Shift Age." (Wallace B. Doolin, CEO Wallace B. Doolin, CEO 2010-11-19)

"Provides a powerful key to changing the process of teaching. From socialcultural evolution in generations to the evolving landscape of education in America, SHIFT ED is a fine pick." (James A. Cox, Editor in Chief 2011-11-21)

About the Author

David Houle is a futurist, speaker, and strategist. He has been called “the CEO futurist” and “the emerging futurist in the world today.” He is the author of The Shift Age, has delivered more than 250 speeches around the world in the last three years, including numerous education conferences, and has made a commitment to help shape the vision of education for this century.

Jeff Cobb is a strategist, writer, and speaker on the social and economic impact of new technologies. He has established himself as one of the leading thinkers on “Learning 2.0”?the blending of social media and open collaboration with traditional education?and is a vocal advocate of “cradle to grave” lifelong learning.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 1 edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412992966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412992961
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Houle & Cobb (2011), ShiftED.

Wow, what a thought provoking book! It seemed that the futurists had run their race with the fin-de-siècle brouhaha at the turn of the century and millennium. However, this book puts their ideas back into focus for us.

Houle and Cobb deliberately crash into the myths that have been erected to maintain the status quo in education. In a relative sense, it is the speed of societal change that has made schools appear resistant to change. Houle and Cobb (2011, quoting Toffler & Toffler) claimed that schools are changing at 10 miles per hour, while companies are changing at 100 miles per hour. (p. 17) Furthermore, the situation in education is terminal because "(d)esigned for mass production, operated like factories, managed bureaucratically, protected by powerful trade unions and politicians dependent on teachers' votes, America's schools are perfect reflections of the early twentieth-century economy". (p. 17)

While I think their book is worth 5 stars, the authors make the classic mistake in seeing explicit teaching and constructivism as a dichotomy. Those of us involved in teaching and learning know that both approaches have their strengths and weakness, and they should be seen as complementary, not as a part of a false dichotomy. Explicit teaching provides the best key to the doors of future learning for all students and we find that constructivism is great for the middle class kids who are going to learn anyway, but for the majority of students, teacher help is needed with literacy and numeracy.

The book provides an excellent start for a discussion about what we should be teaching, and how we should teach it so that our students are well placed as future changes unfold around them.
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