Why Not the Best Schools?

What We Have Learned from Outstanding Schools around the World

By Brian J. Caldwell, Jessica Harris

Expectations for an 'education revolution' have been raised in various countries that will secure success for all students in all settings. Such a revolution must ensure the alignment of educational outcomes, skills required for a strong economy, and the needs of a harmonious society. Why Not the Best Schools? goes beyond system characteristics to provide an in-depth account of how transformation occurs in schools. Fifty indicators are provided to help shape strategies for policy makers and practitioners in schools and school systems. Guidelines for leadership and governance ensure a future-focus for those who are determined to ensure that all students will succeed in the 21st century. This book draws on a five-year study culminating in the International Project to Frame the Transformation of Schools conducted in the U.S., Australia, China, England, Wales, and Finland. The findings are consistent with the McKinsey & Company report on the world's best performing school systems and those arising from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Programme for International Student Assessment. Why Not the Best Schools? also offers a ten-point, ten-year plan for an education revolution that will result in the transformation of schools. . Also available are Why Not the Best Schools? Case Studies, which are six booklets containing five case studies of successful schools in the U.S. (ISBN 9780864319951), Australia (ISBN 9780864319791), China (ISBN 9780864319876), England (ISBN 9780864318121), Wales (ISBN 9780864319715), and Finland (ISBN 9780864318046). Each school is examined in detail and the elements that have contributed to success are explored and conclusions are drawn. Each booklet supplements Why Not the Best Schools?

200 pages

Publication Date: 10/1/2008
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9780864319555