Read this article yesterday and this part jumped…

Read this article yesterday and this part jumped out at me:

As academic and Phi Delta Kappan columnist Ben Levin pointed out in a paper in 2010: “Schools embody an industrial model of organization in a postindustrial world, and an authoritarian and hierarchical character in a world where networks and negotiations are increasingly prevalent.”

Then I got this article emailed to me about ROWE and the headings in bold came to mind immediately:

Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose!

Results-Only Work Environment is a management strategy where employees are evaluated on performance, not presence. In a ROWE, people focus on results and only results…

Individualized Instruction

ROWE recognizes that life is an individual experience and that no two lives are identical — and leverages this to achieve better performance from each individual.

Self Directed Learner

In a Results-Only company or department, employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done.

I’m thinking the structure of traditional high schools is so far from where it needs to be that it’s totally discouraging to think about how relevant school will (or won’t) be for my first kid when she gets to high school in 8 years. I don’t see the fundamentals changing much by then. We say we focus on results in education but then what are we actually defining as results?