Dave on February 6th, 2010

six_stages_of_educationI’m posting a brief “visual refresher” on K-12 education over the past century and asking the question whether conditions today should be pursued as an opportunity for significant system redesign.

I’ve been increasingly involved with K-12 education since 2006 when I became part of the research team and eventually a co-author of The Turnaround Challenge, the report proposing a new framework for turning around failing schools.

That research galvanized my belief that incremental improvement of the current system perpetuates fatal flaws that cannot be overcome without substantial system redesign.

Over the past year I’ve become increasingly involved in education innovation, with a particular focus on innovating a new model to eventually replace the current assembly line model. I’m convinced the recession and the ensuing fiscal crisis for school districts is improving the receptivity for change!

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