Providing Leadership in Education
If Public Education is going to survive, we need to employ the Leadership, Management, Personnel, and Technology methods that have been proven successful in fields outside of education. The way we approach public education is essentially the same it has been for 200 plus years. And clearly, what we are doing, is not working. The population we serve has changed, the curriculum has changed, and the world we live in has changed. We must understand that rapid change is now a constant, and if our children and our country are to keep up, public education must change as well.
We don’t need charter schools. We don’t need private schools. We don’t need school vouchers. What we need are nimble and effective public school systems that are innovative and can change quickly to meet the changing needs of our students. We need teachers that are not only masters of their subject, but also masters of technology that use it in such a way as to cover ever changing subjects. We need instruction that captures the attention and imagination of our students. We need curriculum that is challenging, interesting, and relevant. We need to be able to reach all students at all levels. In short, we need drastic change.