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Built to Fail: Structural Deficiencies and Student Failure (Paperback)
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Built to Fail: Structural Deficiencies and Student Failure (Paperback)

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Paperback 220 Pages / Published: 10/04/2014
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This book argues that American schools are marked by fundamental structural deficiencies that get in the way of student achievement. The structural deficiencies are pervasive. They include the emphasis on grade level, building large schools and districts, and insistence on building comprehensive high schools. These structural deficiencies negatively impact achievement for all kids, but they are particularly detrimental to at-risk populations. In fact, at-risk populations are negatively impacted to such a disproportionate degree that to continue to maintain these structural deficiencies borders on racism at the worst or pure negligence at the least. After identifying the structural problems, the authors consider what the best schools in the U.S. and other countries do to promote excellence. Based on what works, the authors offer suggestions for fixing the broken structure and promoting educational excellence. The book ends with a self-diagnostic tool to help schools and districts identify their structural deficiencies and prioritize an action plan for eliminating those deficiencies.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475808643
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 227 x 152 x 18 mm


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The authors take a critical look at the structure of the American schooling system and the negative impact the current structure is having on teaching and learning for all students - particularly students from culturally diverse and low income backgrounds. As a person who was educated in a private school of less than 1000 (K-12), I know firsthand the benefits of a smaller learning community, where everyone knew everyone, and while choices were limited, they were rich and meaningful. Much of the content makes perfect sense and is timely for the transformation needed in the K-12 education system. -- Kendra Hughes, senior program advisor, equity program, Education Northwest
In Structural Deficiencies in the School System, Trani and Irvine once again demonstrate how small, student-centered school systems can not only meet the learning needs of the students they serve, but provide fantastic opportunities for children to have long-term success by obtaining rigorous foundational skills. -- Ken Haptonstal, Ph.D., superintendent, Garfield County School District, Colorado
Structural Deficiencies in the School System: How Grade Level, Comprehensive High Schools, and Big Districts Cause Student Failure is a compelling, sharp, and ringing indictment of the bloated and misguided state into which many of the schools in this nation have fallen. In this text, Randy Trani and Robert Irvine leverage their substantial experience and know-how in the educational space to provide an insightful look into where so many schools are going wrong, coming up short, or just missing the point altogether. Indeed, having served and worked as teachers, principals, and superintendents in schools across the country, the authors provide a crisp and unique insiders' perspective in a space that demands more insight and clarity. In so doing, Trani and Irvine illuminate certain facets of the modern American school system-both good and bad-that desperately need the type of attention and focus that they receive in Structural Deficiencies in the School System. -- Quanyu Huang, Ph.D., director of Asian/Asian American Studies, Miami University

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