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Humanizing the Education Machine

Book Description

A clear roadmap for the new territory of education

Education in the U.S. has been under fire for quite some time, and for good reason. The numbers alone tell a very disconcerting story: according to various polls, 70% of teachers are disengaged. Add to that the fact that the United States ranks last among industrialized nations for college graduation levels, and it's evident there's a huge problem that needs to be addressed. Yet the current education system and its school buildings—with teachers standing in front of classrooms and lecturing to students—have gone largely unchanged since the 19th century.

Humanizing the Education Machine tackles this tough issue head-on. It describes how the education system has become ineffective by not adapting to fit students' needs, learning styles, perspectives, and lives at home. This book explains how schools can evolve to engage students and involve parents. It serves to spread hope for reform and equip parents, educators, administrators, and communities to:

  • Analyze the pitfalls of the current U.S. education system
  • Intelligently argue the need to reform the current landscape of education
  • Work to make a difference in the public education system
  • Be an informed advocate for your child or local school system

If you're a concerned parent or professional looking for a trusted resource on the need for education reform, look no further than Humanizing the Education Machine. This illuminating resource provides the information you need to become a full partner in the new human-centered learning revolution.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise for Humanizing the Education Machine
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Foreword Kevin E. Baird
  6. Foreword Ricky Kassanoff and Mark Hubbard
  7. Foreword Dan Boggio
  8. Foreword Gregory Moore
  9. Foreword Chris Petrick
  10. Preface
  11. Chapter 1: Numbers Don't Lie
    1. To Humanize the Education Machine
    2. This Book: A Road Map
    3. Who Should Read This Book?
    4. How One Family Escaped the Great Machine
    5. It Takes a Village
    6. The Collaborative Hum
    7. Note
  12. Chapter 2: Two Guys from Gainesville
    1. Notes
  13. Chapter 3: MindShift: We Didn't Seek Permission
    1. The K–12 MindShift Project
    2. The Pancake Roundtable Incubator
    3. You Can Do This, Too
  14. Chapter 4: The Learning Manifesto
    1. A Stake in the Ground
    2. Getting Beyond Whack-a-Mole
    3. K–12: “What's the Problem?”
    4. Preamble: A Case for Change
    5. Self-Evident Truths
    6. The Learning Manifesto
    7. Exposing Hidden Things
    8. Future-Ready Schools
    9. Well-Schooled but Poorly Educated
    10. Left Behind
    11. The Tale of Two Communities
    12. Notes
  15. Chapter 5: How the Road to Transformation Began in Failure
    1. The Path to Quality
    2. When Achievement Drives Culture
    3. The Lesson of Volkswagen and Teaching to the Test
    4. When Quality Drives Culture
    5. “. . . When Business Leaves but the People Stay”
    6. Responding to Change
    7. Becoming Future Ready
    8. Reform versus Culture
    9. The Choluteca Bridge of the Information Age
    10. Notes
  16. Chapter 6: Gutenberg to Google
    1. The Challenge to Google Immigrants
    2. Digital Immigrants and Natives
    3. The Gutenberg Revolution
    4. The Google Revolution
    5. Disrupting a Linear World with Logarithmic Change
    6. Notes
  17. Chapter 7: The Learning Matrix: Mapping the Five Eras of Learning
    1. Toppling Old Empires
    2. The Pattern of Technological Change
    3. Why Would I Send My Kid to Your School?
    4. The System's Logic Drives Behavior
    5. The Tipping Point for Education
    6. The Oral World
    7. The Printed Word and Individual Learning
    8. The Broadcast Word Brings Edutainment
    9. Digital Connected Learning and the Power of Engagement
    10. Social-Mobile and Personalized Learning
    11. Notes
  18. Chapter 8: The Pandorification of Learning: The Future Is Here
    1. How Do We Envision the Future?
    2. The Pandorification of Learning
    3. 2025: Sarah and the Pandorification of Learning
    4. 2025: The Free-Range Learning Community
    5. Will We Improve the Past or Make the Future?
    6. What Improving the Past Looks Like in Education
    7. What Making the Future Looks Like in Education
    8. Creating a Future for Everyone
    9. Notes
  19. Chapter 9: Changing the Odds: Getting Beyond Zip Code Destiny
    1. Beating the Low Expectations Syndrome
    2. A Day in the Life
    3. The Toll on Good Teachers
    4. Survival Mode
    5. Is Education Rigged?
    6. The Parent Factor
    7. Healthy Communities = Healthy Schools
    8. The Learning and Life Connection
    9. Humanizing the System
    10. Notes
  20. Chapter 10: Humanizing the Great Education Machine
    1. Newark—The Prize
    2. What Institutions Can and Cannot Do
    3. Iatrogenic Medicine
    4. Ferguson and Jennings: Four Miles and a World Apart
    5. A Surge Opportunity for Ferguson
    6. A Human-Scaled Solution Penetrates the Chicago Public Schools
    7. Two Billionaires—Two Different Outcomes
    8. Social Emotional Literacy
    9. Notes
  21. Chapter 11: The Healing Power of Social Emotional Literacy
    1. Your Brain on Learning
    2. “Go Settle Your Glitter”
    3. Early Warning Systems for Students
    4. Hoosiers
    5. A Teacher's Lesson in Emotional Literacy
    6. Tribes
    7. Restoring Common Sense
    8. Finding the Flow
    9. Notes
  22. Chapter 12: Creating a Healthy Learning Culture
    1. The MeTEOR Makeover
    2. The Shadow Culture
    3. Dining Room and Kitchen Culture
    4. A Look into the Mirror
    5. Adjusting Boat Behaviors
    6. The Right Brain Side of Change
    7. What about Education?
    8. The Leadership Triangle
    9. Agents of Change
  23. Chapter 13: How Technology Is Supposed to Work
    1. Technology: Crossing the Border
    2. Disrupting Class
    3. Why Is Change So Complicated?
    4. Buzzwords Are Fuzzy Words
    5. Why Is the Timing Right for Transformation?
    6. Flow: The Creative Zone
    7. Blended Learning
    8. Gamification and Financial Literacy
    9. Finding Our Groove with Technology
    10. The Path of Change to Blended Learning
    11. The Golden Triad of Pedagogy, Technology, and Place
    12. Notes
  24. Chapter 14: Designing a Place That Inspires and Equips
    1. The Building Has a Voice
    2. Simple Math
    3. The Magic of Playgrounds
    4. Paris, Illinois: A School Building That Spoke to the Community
    5. Change Your Space, Change Your Culture
    6. Engaged Leaders Lead to Engaged Schools
    7. The Cardboard Classroom
    8. Legacy High School and the Flex-Mod Schedule
    9. The Shelton School: Intelligent Space
    10. The Lean Classroom
    11. 50,000 Schools and the Micro-Environment Solution
    12. New Thinking in School Design
    13. Reversing the Rising Health Risks in Schools
    14. Future Ready
    15. Notes
  25. Chapter 15: The Power of Positive
    1. “Mrs. B! I Have Talents!”
    2. Positive Psychology
    3. “What Do Successful and Happy People Do Differently?”
    4. Posttraumatic Strength Syndrome
    5. The Cost of Disengaged Teachers
    6. Sandcastles
    7. Disengaged Teachers Reproduce
    8. Common Traits of Engaged Learning Environments
    9. Notes
  26. Chapter 16: Leading Change at Your School
    1. The Perverse Logic of a System
    2. The Battle of Atlanta, or How to Move from What's Wrong to What's Strong
    3. Stakeholder Engagement
    4. I Moved Here Because of Your Schools: Don't Change Anything!
    5. Designing the “Aha” Moment
    6. How You Can Lead a Movement
    7. First Followers
    8. To Begin
    9. Where We Go from Here
    10. Notes
  27. Chapter 17: Humanity High: The Movie
    1. Space Design
    2. Respect
    3. Curiosity
    4. Encouragement
    5. Community
    6. Discipline
    7. What If?
    8. You Don't Need Permission
    9. Finally . . . Remember the Collaborative Hum
    10. Where Do We Go from Here?
    11. Notes
  28. Appendix: From Accidental Change Agent to Up-Front Grief Counseling
  29. References
  30. Core Leaders
    1. Summit Leaders
    2. Interviews and Site Visits
    3. Subject Matter Experts and Summit Participants
  31. Acknowledgments
  32. Index
  33. End User License Agreement