School reform’s possible paths

U.S. education won’t improve without significant changes concludes Jal Mehta in The Futures of School Reform.

Rick Hess, one of the editors and authors, summarizes the possible futures discussed in the book.

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  1. Florida resident says:

    Duplicate of my previous commnet onthis blog:

    Good news about the “system” of American education (and bad news about demography):

    Somebody on Amazon site writes about the book:

    “Our country is faced with an absolutely frightening crisis and challenge: we must radically improve our education system or our children will simply be unable to compete in the global economy. …”
    Actually, it is not just somebody, it is Geoffrey Canada.

    Given the demography, the problem does not have a solution.

    Read the book by Robert Weissberg “Bad Students, not Bad Schools”, $11.20 + $3.99 S&H on Amazon:

    With respectful greetings to Joanne Jacobs,
    Your F. r.

    • Just out of curiosity, when did this population of lousy students appear? Did we go from the Greatest Generation to “Bad Students, not Bad Schools” one fine night or was the transition managed over an extended period of time?

      Does Weissberg reveal the agent of change that oversaw the replacement of the bright, young scholars of yesteryear with their pod-people, and stupid, replacements or is that chore left to his readership?

      • Florida resident says:

        Dear Allen !

        1. Thank you for reaction to my comment.

        2. If you have this, as you say, “curiosity”, then $15.19 is worth spending to read this book.
        (Library of my organization, while being one of the largest in the State, does not have its copy, while the same library has a critique article about the book.)
        I actually bought and read the book, and then gave other copies of it to my friends.

        3. Demographics of the USA changed during the past half of century.
        Compare present day situation to predictions for the year 2050.

        4. Cultural values and expectations have also changed during past half of century.

        With sincere respect,
        Your F. r.

      • Florida resident says:

        Dear Allen !

        My feeling is that absolute number of, using your expression,
        “bright, young scholars of yesteryear”,
        is still about the same in our beloved USA.
        It is their percentage, and the attitude towards them, that changed.
        You can read here the comments of “momof4” on the subject.

        Your truly, F. r.

      • Roger Sweeny says:


        I teach lots of very good students. Many go on to become highly capable engineers. I’ve also had terrible students, some of whom didn’t make it to senior year.

        There have always been “lousy students”–and lots of them. For a long time, it was expected that they would drop out or not even go to high school. Now we expect all of them to get a high school diploma. It is an impossible goal.