Brothers from Another Mother: Management Fads and Educational Policies

Reblogging a post from last summer…

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

A comment I made earlier today on Larry Cuban’s recent blog post titled Asking the Right Questions for Getting School-Driven Policies into Classroom Practice sparked the following post.


Since early 2009, when I started to pursue my new career in teaching, the many parallels between corporate America’s litany of management fads over the past three plus decades and public education’s policy-driven teaching methods and resources over a similar timeframe started to coalesce in my mind.

Our susceptibility to fads may not necessarily be an impediment to progress, as elements of each likely benefit select entities in meaningful ways, or apply more broadly in certain circumstances, likely very limited in duration.  However, an elitist or autocratic implementation, whether cloaked in sheep’s clothing or not, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) depicted as a state-driven effort, never seems to succeed over time or to be sustainable, especially when presented in a “lock, stock, and barrel”…

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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