"Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform"
A solutions-based account of the last 40 years of K-12 education in the U.S.
The new solutions-based book "Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform" is a collection of stories, real and inspired, that paint a picture of the last 40 years of education in the United States from someone who started as a science and math teacher and worked his way up to schools superintendent, all the while pushing back against a system that undermined the potential of too many students.
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Through his stories, long-time educator Lonnie Palmer asks — and answers — the questions we've all pondered.
- How can we spend so much money on education and not produce better results?
- Why are we being outperformed by 35 countries in math and 27 in science?
- What do we have to do to turn this ship around?
In 1970, Lonnie Palmer earned a Bachelor's Degree in Physics and planned to continue on to a Ph.D. program but was interrupted by a notice from the U.S. Government — a draft notice. Knowing his low number would preempt plans to continue his education, Palmer took a temporary position teaching high school science — and a reluctant education reformer was born.
Now, that reluctant reformer is having the last word on education reform in his solutions-based book: "Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform" available on Amazon in paperback and for Kindle.
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"Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform" (click here to read an excerpt) is the culmination of Palmer's 40-plus years working first as a teacher teaching high school physics, AP Physics, chemistry, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus and later a school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools in urban, suburban and rural districts and eventually as a school district turnaround specialist in New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts.
The solutions are woven into the stories and the end of each chapter features a section called: What can we do? For school superintendents, teachers, principals and school board members. It also has mass appeal for millions of Americans who have been asking: Where has all the money gone? And how can we reform something for 40 years and make no progress?
"Too often leadership in US education has been defined as finding the best way to get through the challenges without creating conflict, without challenging assumptions and without making employees and school board members feel bad about not doing their jobs properly or effectively."
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