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The Future of Schools: How Communities and Staff Can Transform Their School Districts


reviewed by Maria Mendiburo September 06, 2006

coverTitle: The Future of Schools: How Communities and Staff Can Transform Their School Districts
Author(s): Merrelyn Emery
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578863775, Pages: 207, Year: 2006
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Merrelyn Emery contends that despite the rapid development of ideas over the past several decades about the nature of learning and knowledge, educational practice has persisted remarkably unchanged and continuous for the last 100 years or more of mass education. She asserts that although much of the thinking about education has changed, few administrators and legislators have made radical breaks from the past.  Incremental change in education often fails because education is a system, not a collection of parts.  Therefore, her book, The Future of Schools: How Communities Can Transform Their School Districts, is an attempt to talk about how to redesign the entire school system. Emery’s book can be considered a blend of her many years of experience researching and developing open systems theory with her vision for a new approach towards systemic school district change.  The fundamental idea in open systems theory is that all entities have boundaries that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 06, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12699, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 10:36:19 PM

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  • Maria Mendiburo
    Vanderbilt University
    MARIA MENDIBURO is an ExPERT fellow in the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations program at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include school choice and applied statistics.
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