Category Archives: Education

Why New Results May not be Possible in Schools–Part 2

In my last post, I focused on the idea that systems control results. To make the case I gave a concrete, real-life example showing how our traffic system controls the results. If you haven’t read Why New Results May not … Continue reading

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Why New Results May not be Possible in Schools–Part 1

On my drive to work this morning, I was reminded of my initial introduction into systems thinking. Specifically, the idea that the system controls the results. I think the easiest way to wrap your head around this is to consider … Continue reading

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Defining Success

How many lives will you touch over the lifetime of your teaching career? After 30 years in education, even if you teach in a self-contained, single grade classroom with an average enrollment of 20 students, you literally will have come … Continue reading

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Does a College Degree Lead to Higher Lifetime Earnings?

As a former high school counselor, I continue to be frustrated by the myth we have so resoundingly bought into. Namely–the idea that a 4-year college degree is the single BEST option for students to pursue after high school. Let … Continue reading

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Student Engagement Lacking in US High Schools

As if we needed any proof, the High School Survey of Student Engagement has quantified what almost any citizen walking the streets could tell you. Kids in high schools are bored. According to survey results 66% of students who completed … Continue reading

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School Budgets–Doing More with Less

Like all entities dependent upon tax dollars for survival, schools are being called upon to do more with less. It has become abundantly clear to me, that educators have not embraced this crisis as a reason to explore systemic changes … Continue reading

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Will another great crisis go unexploited?

For some reason it seems to me that educators lack the where-with-all to seize the moment and make use a good crisis to redefine how we do business. Despite finding ourselves in the spotlight on many occasions, where demands for … Continue reading

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