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Author Bennett, Paul W., 1949- author
Title The state of the system : a reality check on Canada's schools / Paul W. Bennett
Imprint Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2020]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  LA412 .B42 2020    AVAILABLE    30610020635686
Descript xiv, 306 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-295) and index
A School System under Stress -- Shaping of the System: The Modern Bureaucratic Education Statein Formation, 1920-93 -- Testing Time: The Triumph of Testing, Accountability, and Systems,1993-2015 -- Consolidate and Control: School Consolidation and Bureaucratic Managerialism -- Education on Wheels: The Hidden Costs of Busing Schoolchildren -- Public Choice in the System: Catholic Separate Schools, Linguistic Boards, and Diversity -- The "One-Size-Fits-All" Model: Uniformity, Inclusion, and Marginalization -- The "Success for All" Curriculum: The Downside of Universality -- Student Assessment Experiments: Soft Skills and Hard Realities -- The Big Disconnect: High School Graduates and the Preparedness Problem -- The School Closure Wars: and Resistance to Consolidation -- School Boards in Crisis: The Withering of Local Democracy
"Over the last fifty years, Canada's public schools have been absorbed into a modern education system that functions much like Max Weber's infamous iron cage. Crying out for democratic school-level reform, the system has become a centralized, bureaucratic fortress that, every year, becomes softer on standards for students, less accessible to parents, further out of touch with communities, and surprisingly unresponsive to classroom teachers. Exploring the nature of the Canadian education order in all its dimensions, The State of the System explains how public schools came to be so bureaucratic, confronts the critical issues facing kindergarten to grade 12 public schools in all ten provinces, and addresses the need for systemic reform. Going beyond a diagnosis of the stresses, strains, and ills present in the system, Paul W. Bennett proposes a bold plan to re-engineer schools on a more human scale as the first step in truly reforming public education. In place of school consolidation and managerialism, one-size-fits-all uniformity, limited school choice, and the "success-for-all" curriculum, Bennett advocates for a new set of priorities: decentralize school governance, deprogram education ministries and school districts, listen to parents and teachers, and revitalize local education democracy. Tackling the thorny issues besetting contemporary school systems in Canada, The State of the System issues a clarion call for more responsive, engaged, and accountable public schools"-- Provided by publisher
Issued also in electronic format
Subject Public schools -- Canada -- Evaluation
Education -- Canada -- Evaluation
Education -- Evaluation. fast (OCoLC)fst00902624
Public schools -- Evaluation. fast (OCoLC)fst01082977
Canada. fast (OCoLC)fst01204310
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