Innovative Education Reform Guarantees Success for Every Student
True educational reform fundamentally requires schools that no longer feel compelled to
demand standardization and regimentation, but schools that accept -- and even encourage --
genuine educational diversity and individuality.
San Bernardino, CA (PRWEB) May 9, 2006 -- It is not a secret that the education system in this country is
failing miserably. The model now is to push for continued formal schooling for as long as possible, meaning
that all students be prepared for and go to college. Seeing school as an end in itself, the national demands for
statewide standards is putting pressure on an educational system that has become more about statistics and
bottom lines than genuine learning.
There is a growing number of teachers, students, parents and administrators that are questioning the motives
and practicality of the traditional educational system including programs such as No Child Left Behind.
While many students can learn in the traditional model of teaching, over 50% cannot -- creating a significant
problem of "lost souls in the system," with children falling through the cracks of unrealized potential. The
growing consensus is that change must happen now, and it needs to begin at the level where it matters most --
in the classroom between teacher and student.
One of these revolutionary and hopeful educators is Mark Kennedy, author of "Lessons from the Hawk"
(ISBN 1885580053). Throughout Kennedy's career, he has been asked to teach some of the most hard to
reach students leading to the development of this mindful, practical and creative strategy. With his proclaimed
mission to "Speak and work towards fostering hope in adolescents and those who care for them," Kennedy has
reworked the complex philosophies and styles of the aging traditional model creating a new innovative
approach to teaching/learning. Watching a hawk circling a field was the inspiration and impetus Kennedy
needed to develop his Four Perspective concept -- a learning model that could work for "all teachers and all
students all the time," assures Kennedy.
"I realized the hawk was seeing the same thing from myriad perspectives almost simultaneously, while I was
rooted in just one. It dawned on me that an entire class of students positioned around the classroom could
represent the different points of view of the hawk, with many being different from the single view of the
teacher," explains Kennedy. In "Lessons from the Hawk," teachers will find their own personal learning
perspective and learn to identify and use the unique perspective of the students. Sharon Bolle, Administrator
of Student Services for San Bernardino County states "This is a book that gives educators a cohesive, practical
method for reaching all students in the classroom while taking into account your own style as a teacher as well
as the individual differences between students."
Proven effective in targeting the existing education system, Kennedy's four perspective concept also has
direct implications far beyond the traditional classroom. "Lessons from the Hawk" is set to optimize the
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