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Inventing Better Schools: An Action Plan for Educational Reform


reviewed by Darlene Bruner — 2002

coverTitle: Inventing Better Schools: An Action Plan for Educational Reform
Author(s): Phillip C. Schlechty
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787903396, Pages: 236, Year: 2001
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For the last twenty-five years, American schools have faced the enormous task of school improvement and changing into a system that meets the needs of the 21st century. Like all books about education, Schlechty’s book addresses why what we are doing now is not working. He argues that schools must change or become obsolete. The first four chapters frame the problems confronting schools. Chapter One, The Never Ending Story, discusses the problems of poor school performance in relation to the failure of leaders to properly frame the tribulations besetting schools. Problems ranging from teachers believing that improvement is largely external to school reformers not fully understanding the relationships of schools and classrooms to the larger system of the district and community. The second chapter, The Need for Invention, focuses on Schlechty’s belief that if educators do not succeed at school reform efforts that the likely result will lead to more privatization of schools. He is not a proponent of privatization and highlights the need for educators to have... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 991-994
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10852, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 1:52:33 AM

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  • Darlene Bruner
    Valdosta State University
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    Darlene Bruner is an Assistant Professor in Department of Educational Leadership & Research at Valdosta State University where she teaches in the South Georgia Leadership Academy and the doctoral program. She is a former elementary teacher, principal and district office supervisor. Her research interests include school improvement, school reform, instructional leadership, and curriculum. Recent publications include co-authoring of “Effects of schoolwide reform strategies on Title I schools using Success for All compared to Title I schools using other literacy enhancing strategies” in Education, 122(1) , 177-188 and “Whole school reform: Panacea or problem?” in the Georgia Journal of Reading, 25. (2), 19-24.
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