Saturday, November 7, 2009

Industrialized Education


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"Industrialized Education"  is a term I coined, as it seems the most appropriate moniker for the the educational strategy preferred in the School Reform movement for non-charter public schools, and military charter schools.   I write more about the aptness of this term in my article Two sides of school reform.

The terms that are associated with Industrialized Education are listed in School Reform Lexicon .

Industrialized Education takes the form it does because it is the most cost-effective way to serve the intent of the Federal legislation No Child Left Behind (NCLB; click here to access the U.S. Department of Education NCLB informational website) student, teacher, and school accountability to be based on norm-referenced high stakes testing. Not incidentally, Industrialized Education provides the best opportunity for private business income profits.

What does Industrialized Education look like?

  • The curriculum is to be uniform throughout the district and is narrowly-focused on the knowledge and skills that are tested on the high stakes tests

  • teachers teach to the test

  • principals (as Instructional Leaders), instructional coaches, and "teacher mentors" conduct "Learning Walks" (google it) to make sure that teachers are adhering to the teaching of core curriculum with utmost fidelity.


shearainh2o said...

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Megan Murtaugh said...

Unfortunately, someone else beat you to the punch. The term "industrialized education" was coined by Otto Peters of the FernUniveritat in Hagen, Germany in the 1960s.