Too Simple to Fail: A Case for Educational Change

Hardcover | October 30, 2010

byR. Barker Bausell

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Too Simple to Fail presents a startling dissection of what is wrong with our educational system and a set of simple, common-sense steps for improving it. This simplicity, Bausell argues, characterizes both the schooling process and the science of education, as witnessed by legions ofresearchers who have discovered precious little that their grandmothers didn't already know. Yet surprisingly, based upon the author's own studies and a review of the past 30+ years of educational research, these discoveries boil down to a simple but powerful theory: The only way schools canincrease learning is to increase the amount of relevant instructional time for all students. Here, Bausell demonstrates that classroom instruction is hopelessly obsolete, as are our current testing practices, both contributing to the widening opportunity gap between socioeconomic and racial groups. But with an understanding of what is wrong with education today comes the revelation that theanswer to these deficiencies has been available to us all along in the form of the tutorial model, the most effective instructional paradigm ever developed. Only in recent years has it become feasible to simulate this extremely effective instructional medium as a universal option that, in effect,would allow schools to provide relevant instruction as a rule and not an exception. If implemented, a new world of opportunity and potential will finally be available to children, whose learning is so crucial for our future.The new model presented in this book has implications for identifying not only what is wrong with the way we educate our young, but also why it is wrong, and how the educational process can be made more efficient, effective, and fair.

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Too Simple to Fail presents a startling dissection of what is wrong with our educational system and a set of simple, common-sense steps for improving it. This simplicity, Bausell argues, characterizes both the schooling process and the science of education, as witnessed by legions ofresearchers who have discovered precious little that ...

R. Barker Bausell, Ph.D., a professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore, was born into a family of teachers and originally trained as an educational researcher, becoming one of the first investigators to contrast tutoring to classroom instruction under carefully controlled, randomized conditions. He also experimentally manipulated ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199744327

ISBN - 13:9780199744329

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Obsolete from Every Perspective1. The Science of Learning2. Dueling Theories3. Dueling Political Perspectives4. The Theory of Relevant Instructional Time5. The Science of What Could Be6. The Theoretical Importance of Tutoring and the Learning Laboratory7. Demystifying the Curriculum8. Using Tests Designed to Assess School-Based Learning9. 11 Strategies for Increasing School Learning10. Toward a More Focused Science of Education11. Implications for Reducing Racial Disparities in School Learning12. Getting There From HereEnd Notes