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Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (Leadership Strategies to Build a Professional Learning Community) Perfect Paperback – February 17, 2009
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Insightful and thought provoking. Change is a difficult concept to embrace. Muhammad gives solid suggestions and allows readers to think about how to guide change within their own environments. --Pam Samson, principal, Eisenhower Junior High, Hoffman Estates, IL
This book has the potential to revolutionize America's educational system. It gives school leaders the tools and language to instill sustained cultural change in their schools. --Alexander McNeece, principal, Douglas Elementary, Garden City, MI
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I was around at the time the concept of "Whole Language" instruction was implemented. The idea was certainly appealing, and policymakers jumped on the Whole Language bandwagon completely. As time passed, however, it became obvious that Whole Language was deeply flawed and that those teachers who had continued teaching phonics in their classrooms had actually been the most successful in developing literacy in their students. In the dystopia of this book , those teachers would have been removed from the teaching profession and their insight and wisdom lost to education forever. The very idea of our democratic society is that various viewpoints, opinions, experiences, awareness, work together for the greatest good. This book recommends destroying this very strength. Education, especially, is an arena in which political agendas can dominate the discussion. In the world this book encourages, whatever limitations and ignorance exists in a politically correct educational proposal compounds as it becomes institutionalized, unchecked by any counterbalancing opinion.
I gave this book one star, but I definitely think it should be read. Rational people will find it hard to comprehend the level of fanaticism expounded in this book. I was reminded of Stalin's Russia, of Jonestown, and of emerging Islamic extremist groups as I read it. It reads like the manifesto for an extremist state, but it is presented as tool for school administrators. Truly frightening.
Dr. Richard DuFour, educational author and consultant
This book was clearly written and I thought he offered good in sight to the different folks that are educators.
I recommend this for current and future leaders in education. It is an easy read that I completed in a couple of nights
Kenneth C. Williams
Author, Speaker, Consultant