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Future of the American School System - Irving H. Buchen

Future of the American School System


Published: 1st September 2004
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Here, Irving H. Buchen projects the future of public education for the next 25 years. He identifies and examines the major drivers of change, profiles all the critical educational constituencies, and offers a number of common sense solutions to current and subsequent problems. Buchen also provides scenarios of solutions to prove that new approaches are doable and viable. The Future of the American School System will: Identify the major drivers of change, Profile the roles of the major players, Define and offer solutions to the major problems, Express those solutions in scenario form, Pinpoint the rallying points for collective action. This book will be of interest to teachers, administrators, professional staff, school board members, parents, departments and professors of education, and all elected officials.

Irv Buchen represents the most hopeful aspect of education: Teaching that will empower both young and old for our rapidly changing world, which will be very different in the future than the world we now know. Teachers can and must learn to prepare students for the world in which they will be living--not for a world that has largely disappeared. Readers of THE FUTURIST magazine have found his work enormously enlightening. His new book presents the latest thinking of this dynamic educator and futurist.--Edward Cornish, president, World Future Society, editor of THE FUTURIST magazine, and author of Futuring: The Exploration of the Future

Prefacep. vi
The Past, the Present, and the Futurep. 1
The Record of the Pastp. 2
The Laws of the Futurep. 9
The System of Systemsp. 15
Teachers as Major Playersp. 25
Hiring Teachersp. 26
The Teacher Culturep. 33
The Economics of Education 101p. 48
Money and Teachersp. 57
Teachers and Technologyp. 65
Educational Administrators as Major Playersp. 73
Leadership Expectations and Job Descriptionsp. 74
Survival Skills for New Principalsp. 81
Principals as Instructional Leadersp. 83
Models of Integrative Leadershipp. 89
The Principal as Platop. 97
The Principal as CLO (Chief Learning Officer)p. 105
The Principal as Brokerp. 109
The Principal as Outsourcer: Economically Driven School Reformp. 114
Parents as Major Playersp. 123
Parents and Educational Changep. 124
Teacher-Parent Partnershipsp. 137
Students as Major Playersp. 141
Parents and School Reformp. 142
The Student-Centered Curriculump. 146
Introduction to the Major Drivers of Changep. 155
The Impact of the Global Economy on Education and Workp. 156
Competition and School Choicep. 171
Accountable Accountability: Curing the Curep. 187
Research-Based Learningp. 194
Optimizing Curriculap. 201
Turnaround: What Education Has to Offer Businessp. 217
Accountability and Role Change: Persuading Lone Rangers to Be Team Playersp. 221
The World Citizen: Facilitating a Future Global Identity for Studentsp. 227
Teacher Scenariosp. 231
A Major Change Takes Holdp. 232
"Who Is in Charge?"p. 239
The Teacher Leadership Collaborative: A Structural Scenariop. 245
TMs (Technology Managers)p. 249
The Future May Be in the Past: Creating a Universal Curriculump. 255
Administrator Scenariosp. 261
The Principal and Strategic Conversationsp. 262
The MBA Principalp. 268
Principals as Futuristsp. 274
Parent Scenariosp. 281
The Coffee Networkp. 282
The Educational Planning Clearinghousep. 288
Electronic Partnershipsp. 293
Student Scenariosp. 299
Tiny Tot Independent Learningp. 300
K-16p. 303
Small Is Betterp. 309
Solution Summariesp. 313
Open-Ended Conclusionsp. 314
Referencesp. 329
About the Authorp. 333
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ISBN: 9781578861354
ISBN-10: 1578861357
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.09  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.45