Humanizing the Education Machine,
If you're a concerned parent or professional looking for a trusted resource on the need for education reform, look no further than Humanizing the Education Machine . This illuminating resource provides the information you need to become a full partner in the new human-centered learning revolution. Rex Miller is the principal and thought leader for MindSHIFT, a future-focused consultancy and organizational performance firm. He has more than thirty years of upper management and executive leadership for two Fortune 500 firms. He uses an innovative model for research to write his books. His expertise and reputation have allowed him to recruit specialists in critical issues and work together over a series of summits. This approach achieves a depth and practicality that few authors are able to reach. Bill Latham has been involved in designing learning environments for the past 15 years. Today he is the CEO of MeTEOR Education, an organization that works with communities to inspire and create holistic, high impact learning environments that engage today's students and teachers. As an Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) and noted expert in planning functional interiors (F&E), he is focused on creating harmony and synergy between a client's chosen pedagogies, technologies, and learning spaces. He has worked on projects throughout the United States, assisting clients in developing their actionable strategic and tactical plans to support their progressive visions of teaching and learning. He is passionate about ensuring that the design intent of their facility is driven all the way through to real-world instructional practices. He is an ardent proponent of broad-based education reform and preparing the next generation of creative, agile workers. Brian Cahill is the California Division President for Balfour Beatty Construction Services US. With over 32 years' experience in the Construction Industry, and part of the Balfour Beatty team for 23 years, he manages in excess of $600M annually, with over 400 employees. During this tenure, the Division has managed the construction of over 1,000 K12 projects in California, valued in excess of several Billion Dollars. In 2014, the Company was ranked by ENR as the largest K12 builder the State of California, and is currently ranked as the 4 th Largest Educational builder in the U.S. Brian is also involved in construction related industry organizations such as the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), and the California Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.). Brian serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties,
Humanizing the Education Machine,
Numbers Don't Lie
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
-R. Buckminster Fuller
Did you know that 70 percent of teachers have mentally checked out of teaching? How is that possible? These are not bad people. They all started out inspired, hopeful, courageous, and even playful. Some of our best novels and films-such as Dangerous Minds, Stand and Deliver, Lean on Me, Up the Down Staircase, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips- have featured these noble, exciting, and often daring figures.
But after a while, the Education Machine just rolled over too many teachers, mashing the life juices right out of their pores.
I'll tell you something else-by the time they graduate 60 percent of students will have also flown the coop. This is not some abstract number: these are the kids on your block, next door, and maybe in your upstairs bedrooms.
Public education does what it was designed to do. And in a previous era, that served America very well. With the passing of that era the model has become obsolete.
We all know that we live in perilous times. But, more than that, we live in the crumbling ruins of obsolete forms. An age is passing away (as ages always do). Don Berwick famously said, "Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets." The prevalent model of public education does what it was designed to do. And in a previous era, that served America very well. With the passing of that era the model has become obsolete.
For that reason, the Education Machine is in genuine and panoramic crisis; it is in personal, social, economic, and national turmoil. Numbers don't lie. But that crisis is because of its obsolescence, not its malice.
Here are a few other features of its rot.
The Education Machine does not have the capacity to care. And learning requires people who care.
The Machine's continual cry of "reform" results in kicking the can down the road for future administrators and teachers to solve. This response only makes matters worse and costs a hell of a lot of money.
We can't wait. We cannot let the Education Machine move another kid down its aged and rusty assembly line until they are broken or left behind. Now is already late.
So, how did we end up with an education system that has not only failed in its mission but has also inflicted so much psychological, emotional, and intellectual damage on so many people that it touches? But, far more important, what can we do about it now?
Now, let's pause and consider some other realities that our work on this book revealed:
Yes, education has become a Machine. But schools, administrators, and teachers can create a kid-centered, human-enriching, and high-achieving learning experience.
It takes stepping into only one classroom of engaged kids to see the difference between the Machine and the deeply human experience of learning.
The challenge of education sounds formidable. But it can be brought down to a human scale and transformed through people who care.
Cynicism says we can't change what must be changed. That is not true; we can do something about it. This is not an impossible task. That is what this book is about. When you finish reading, you will know the time and money invested in this book was well worth the price. We can change the way we teach and train our younger members. Do not forget that.
Cynicism says we can't change what must be changed. That is not true; we can change the way we teach and train our younger members. Do not forget that.
I know what I'm talking about. Over the past two years, my associates and I have traveled thousands of miles and talked to hundreds of students, teachers, administr