The purpose of this website is to offer information and insights about why paradigm change is the only way to significantly improve student learning in schools.
This page addresses:
The urgency of the current state of pre-collegiate education (public and private, from preschool through 12th grade
The problem causing that urgency
The solution to the problem
More details are provided on other pages, but this is the best place to start.
1. The Urgency
This website helps you explore …
What paradigm change is
Why it is the only solution for education today
What the new paradigm is like
Some of the existing new-paradigm school systems
How to help other school systems transform themselves to the new paradigm
What you can do to help
These topics are all listed in the menu bar on the top.
2. The Problem
Watch a fun TED video by Sir Ken Robinson on the need for paradigm change.
In spite of the urgency, American education systems as a whole are better than ever at doing what they were designed to do. The problem is that society has changed in ways that make our educational systems, often called the factory model of schools, obsolete, just as changes during the industrial revolution gradually made the horse and buggy obsolete as a transportation system.
3. The Solution
There is a great urgency for change in education.
Low student proficiency. More than half of high school seniors in the U.S. are not proficient in reading, 75% are not proficient in math, and the score gap between black and white students widened by 5 points from 1992 to 2013, according to NAEP. Details
Poor 21st century skills. Society and the workplace have changed in ways that make it much more important to develop critical thinking, communication skills, collaboration skills, and creativity, as well as life and career skills and information, media, and technology skills, according to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
Weak affective development. There are great shortcomings in students’ emotional development, social development, and character development. The negative consequences include personal, social, economic, and political effects.
The horse and buggy are neither good nor bad; they are simply inappropriate to meet our current transportation needs. Similarly, our currentparadigm of education is inappropriate to meet our current educational needs.
- Exploding costs. The inflation-adjusted cost of a complete K-12 public education is 300% of what it was in 1970, not counting the billions of dollars spent on educational reforms since then, according to a study by the Cato Institute.
This website is based on Reinventing Schools: It's Time to Break the Mold by Charles M. Reigeluth and Jennifer R. Karnopp.
View the book in Google Books here
iBook version of this website is coming soon!
Check out Dr. Reigeluth on Radio!
In May 2016, Charles Reigeluth was interviewed on “Issues Today” with Bob Gourley, which was broadcast on many radio stations. You can listen here!