Reinventing America's Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System

Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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From David Osborne, the author of Reinventing Government--a biting analysis of the failure of America's public schools and a comprehensive plan for revitalizing American education.

In Reinventing America's Schools, David Osborne, one of the world's foremost experts on public sector reform, offers a comprehensive analysis of the charter school movements and presents a theory that will do for American schools what his New York Times bestseller Reinventing Government did for public governance in 1992. In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city got an unexpected opportunity to recreate their school system from scratch. The state's Recovery School District (RSD), created to turn around failing schools, gradually transformed all of its New Orleans schools into charter schools, and the results are shaking the very foundations of American education. Test scores, school performance scores, graduation and dropout rates, ACT scores, college-going rates, and independent studies all tell the same story: the city's RSD schools have tripled their effectiveness in eight years. Now other cities are following suit, with state governments reinventing failing schools in Newark, Camden, Memphis, Denver, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Oakland.


In this book, Osborne uses compelling stories from cities like New Orleans and lays out the history and possible future of public education. Ultimately, he uses his extensive research to argue that in today's world, we should treat every public school like a charter school and grant them autonomy, accountability, diversity of school designs, and parental choice.
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David Osborne is the author or co-author of five nonfiction books: Laboratories of Democracy; Reinventing Government, a New York Times bestseller; Banishing Bureaucracy; The Reinventor's Fieldbook; and The Price of Government. He has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and many other publications. Osborne is currently a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, directing the Reinventing America's Schools Project. He lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
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Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Published on
Sep 5, 2017
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Pages
432
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ISBN
9781632869937
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Administration / Elementary & Secondary
Education / Educational Policy & Reform / Charter Schools
Education / General
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David Osborne
Author David Osborne has brought to life the difficult experiences and carefree joys of growing up in Appalachia. The family consisted of thirteen children plus Mom and Dad, and they lived on the old home place that the family referred to simply as “The Holler.” The children worked tirelessly alongside their father, Steve, and mother, Thelma, to coax—or perhaps force—a living from the hills and the small amount of level land that they called a farm. “We all had full-time, yearlong jobs,” Osborne remembers. “The kinds of work that we did often varied from season to season, but the work itself was always there.” Osborne’s ancestors, having come from Southwest Virginia through Pike County, Kentucky, and settling in Southern Ohio, always lived a difficult life. There was hunting and fishing, hog killing, cane grinding, and plowing the rocky land to raise a garden. His grandfather was always full of hair-raising stories and tall tales that would curl your toes. He knew that all his ancestors were not “thoroughbreds,” and he also knew that some could have been considered “nags,” so he knew that the tall tales were not far from the truth. Life was not always about work because above all, there were the children and their attempts to have fun. Through their relentless efforts by the rambunctious, irrepressible, and in many cases, irresponsible children to amuse themselves, they played as hard as they worked. They survived in spite of everything life could throw against them. These were simpler times when the family grew up. There were no phones or television sets in the house. They had no electricity or running water, therefore making the “outhouse” a significant part of their lives. Those that grew up during this time will remember and may linger a moment to compare their lives with the events and situations in this book. Some may tend to look back fondly at the memories, but just keep in mind that there were many memories that we all would just as soon forget
David Osborne
 هناك ثورة آخذة بالتحرك في أميركا؛ فالناس غاضبون من الحكومة التي تنفق أكثر، وتعطي أقل، ومحبطون من موظفي الدواوين الذين لا يعطونهم أي سيطرة، ومتعبون من الساسة الذين يرفعون الضرائب، ويخفضون الخدمات، ولكنهم يفشلون في حل المشكلات التي نواجهها.
إن كتاب إعادة اختراع الحكومة  هو في الوقت نفسه دعوة للتعبئة في الثورة على مرض الدواوين المكتبية البيروقراطية، ودليل للذين يريدون بناء شيء أفضل؛ فهو يبين أن هناك طريقاً ثالثاً، وأن الخيارات ليست كبداية أو محافظة فقط؛ بل إن أنظمة الحكم الإدارية عندنا يمكن إعادة تأطيرها بصورة جذرية؛ والحكومة الحريصة لا تزال قادرة على تأدية مهامّها بكفاءة وقدرة إنتاجية تعادلان أفضل الأعمال التجارية تشغيلاً.
ويصف المؤلفان أوزبورن وغايبلر مقاطعات مدرسة استخدمت الاختيار، والتمكين، والمنافسة لمضاعفة أداء طلبتها أربع مرات، وإدارات صحية قلصت نفقاتها إلى النصف مع تغلبها على القطاع الخاص في منافسة مباشرة وجهاً لوجه؛ وقيادات عسكرية مزقت الروتين الحكومي، وجعلت السلطة لا مركزية، وضاعفت فاعلية قواتها؛ كما يصفان عملية إعادة اختراع الحكومة الجارية فعلاً - بصورة جزئية تحت أضواء كابيتول هيل، ولكن بصورة أكثر تواتراً في ولايات أمريكا ومدنها ومناطقها المدرسية، حيث يجري عمل الحكومة الحقيقي.
 فمن مدينة فينيكس إلى سانت بول بمدينة واشنطن في مقاطعة كولومبيا إلى ولاية واشنطن، قام مدراء عامون رياديون مغامرون بإلغاء أنظمة الميزانيات التي تشجع المدراء على تبذير الأموال، وشطبوا أنظمة الخدمة المدنية التي تطورت في القرن التاسع عشر، وقطعوا دابر الأجهزة البيروقراطية التي أقيمت من اجل ثلاثينيات القرن العشرين، وأقاموا في مكان أنظمة العصر الصناعي العتيقة هذه منظمات لا مركزية أكثر ريادية وتحملاً للمخاطر، وأكثر استجابة، مصممة لعالم التسعينيات السريع التغير والغنّي بالمعلومات.


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David Osborne
Author David Osborne has brought to life the difficult experiences and carefree joys of growing up in Appalachia. The family consisted of thirteen children plus Mom and Dad, and they lived on the old home place that the family referred to simply as “The Holler.” The children worked tirelessly alongside their father, Steve, and mother, Thelma, to coax—or perhaps force—a living from the hills and the small amount of level land that they called a farm. “We all had full-time, yearlong jobs,” Osborne remembers. “The kinds of work that we did often varied from season to season, but the work itself was always there.” Osborne’s ancestors, having come from Southwest Virginia through Pike County, Kentucky, and settling in Southern Ohio, always lived a difficult life. There was hunting and fishing, hog killing, cane grinding, and plowing the rocky land to raise a garden. His grandfather was always full of hair-raising stories and tall tales that would curl your toes. He knew that all his ancestors were not “thoroughbreds,” and he also knew that some could have been considered “nags,” so he knew that the tall tales were not far from the truth. Life was not always about work because above all, there were the children and their attempts to have fun. Through their relentless efforts by the rambunctious, irrepressible, and in many cases, irresponsible children to amuse themselves, they played as hard as they worked. They survived in spite of everything life could throw against them. These were simpler times when the family grew up. There were no phones or television sets in the house. They had no electricity or running water, therefore making the “outhouse” a significant part of their lives. Those that grew up during this time will remember and may linger a moment to compare their lives with the events and situations in this book. Some may tend to look back fondly at the memories, but just keep in mind that there were many memories that we all would just as soon forget
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