The New Age of Educational
Produced By: Douglas Gaylord-Miles
“Fundamental, qualitative changes in
the sphere of education can not be
accomplished without adequate foundations
of economic and social character.”
“Asolid educational foundation not only
benefits the students but the surrounding
community as well. Well educated youth
contribute to strong families, thriving
businesses, and world class cultural
-Grand Rapids Reform Initiative, 2003
“Educational reform must be accomplished
by drawing upon the achievements of
previous years, and by integrating
established educational traditions and
innovations that have been made necessary
by the demands of the times.”
– L.L. Suprunova, 2007
What are the problems with Global
Educational Reform today?
1. Results are based on test scores.
2. Little is done to improve the surrounding
community or families.
3. Teachers and administrators may need to be
reformed as well.
4. Social Class and school funding have a large impact
on reform efforts.
How should we address these problems?
•According to the Grand Rapids Reform Initiative in order to
make school reform work you need to establish school
accountability, build community awareness and
responsibility, and enhance academic development and
training for teachers.
•As Pedro Noguera states “The basic principle underlying
the Broader, Bolder Approach to school reform is that
efforts to raise student achievement cannot ignore the
unmet social needs of children, particularly those related to
concentrated poverty—inadequate health, housing, and
nutrition. These conditions have a tremendous impact upon
child development and learning.”
What can we do to address these problems?
1. Seek government aid to provide quantitative improvements to the
2. Educate and involve parents in their child’s education.
3. Build community awareness and responsibility (Grand Rapids Reform
4. Seek additional funding to supplement state and government funding.
5. Focus on math, science, and language arts.
6. In math develop reasoning and mathematical thinking (Anyon, 1980) .
7. In science focus on analysis and logic.
8. Emphasize language as a complex system, one that should be mastered
9. Encourage global thinking.
10.Enhance academic development and training for teachers (Grand Rapids
Reform Initiative, 2003).
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achievements of the period of transition. Russian Education &
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Williams, J., & Noguera, P. (2010). Poor schools or poor kids?.
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