Delivering on the Promise: The Education Revolution Perfect Paperback – 23 Dec 2013
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The book describes how one teacher started out wanting to help his own students and ended up changing the entire school system in many districts. As the authors suggest, my contribution will be to start thinking about ways to implement the system in my own school, and also pass this book on to a colleague. (I already have!)
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At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I believe RISC is uniquely capable of digging this country out of a seemingly inevitable post-crash fall. We cannot prosper let alone globally survive in any real sense until our education system, the foundation of our future, pulls its head out of the sand. We must face its failure - not only academic failure, but also social failure. After my own long and hard years in schools, I came to realize traditional education is not a model that can be fixed, only abandoned. RISC now shows us the way to rebuild from the ground up so our nation's schools will guarantee our country's future success. This is not reform - it is truly reinvention.
Locally, one Native American high school near here has loosely adopted RISC and now flourishes. For myself, feeling once again inspired, I'm working with a group of dedicated parents and next September we will be opening a RISC based charter school in our community. We remain grateful to the ground breaking work of these authors. This book is a pivotal starting place for anyone interested in opening a school or reinventing an existing school system.