(PRWEB) June 24, 2014
As parents and educators debate whether Common Core standards can ensure students’ success, educational researcher and consultant Dr. Charles M. Reigeluth presents a compelling case for even more sweeping changes in his new book, “Reinventing Schools: It’s Time to Break the Mold.”
Reigeluth, a former high school teacher and Indiana University professor who conducted field research for 25 years, says today’s school system was designed for a different era.
“During the Industrial Age, most jobs were in factories where workers on assembly lines created mass-produced goods,” Reigeluth says. “Factories needed people who could follow instructions and endure repetitive, boring, time-based tasks, so that’s what our schools taught and fostered.
“Because we did not need so many well-educated people, Industrial Age schools were designed for all students to move on to a new topic regardless of whether they had learned the current one, so slower students developed gaps in their learning that made it more difficult to learn related material in the future, condemning them to be left behind. The system was designed more for sorting students than to ensure all students’ success.”
Today’s Information Age world of knowledge work, complicated systems and rapidly changing marketplace requires all students to be well-educated, he says. It also requires different types of communication and social skills, values and cognitive abilities.
“We’ve moved from standardization to customization; compliance to initiative; uniformity to diversity; adversarial to collaborative relationships,” Reigeluth says. “Our schools need to change – and can change – to produce graduates who meet those needs.”
“Reinventing Schools” describes specific ways to accomplish that – changes that would not only ensure students’ success but also save on education spending. He outlines six core ideas for a new paradigm:
“There are schools that have some or nearly all of these features in place, so we can already see their effectiveness and students’ success,” says Reigeluth, who helped a small school district in Indianapolis reinvent itself over the course of 12 years.
The book is winning praise from education experts across the country.
“Reigeluth, one of the world’s premier experts on transformational paradigm change … offers readers deep insights into the systemic crisis and what to do about it,” writes Francis M. Duffy, professor of Change Leadership in Education at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. This book “must be in the hands of every policymaker, state superintendent, of schools and school system superintendent who recognizes the crisis and wants to do something about it.”
About Charles M. Reigeluth
Charles M. Reigeluth is a distinguished educational researcher who focuses on paradigm change in education. He has a B.A. in economics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in instructional psychology from Brigham Young University. He was a professor at the Instructional Systems Technology Department at Indiana University, and is a former chairman of the department. His new book, “Reinventing Schools,” (http://www.reigeluth.net), advocates and chronicles a national paradigm change in K-12 education. He offers presentations and consulting on this topic.