The Perfect School
Do you have a perfect school?
Everybody wants a perfect school, but what does that really mean? If you could start over with a clean slate, what could you do to create the perfect school? That is what three experienced educators asked each other, then dug into their respective areas of strength to answer. The result is The Perfect School, a no-nonsense look at perfect teachers, perfect staff, perfect parents, and perfect principals, plus the features and steps required to spread that perfection throughout any school or system. This book is a roadmap for every teacher, principal, superintendent, guidance counselor, school bus driver, school board member, parent, tax payer, or interested citizen who wants the best for children and society.
The first chapter asks "A Perfect School?" and begs the authors to reply. That there are 12 more chapters suggests that their replies are positive!
Is there or will there ever be a "perfect" school? Probably not, they say, but some are close, we have the tools and knowledge to move in that direction, the quest really is the journey, and a better word is "excellence," which is attainable and lies along that path to perfection.
Anyway, if perfection were attainable, would it be absolute or malleable, and if the latter, wouldn't we just keep reforming it to be even more perfect?
The chapters that follow are less philosophical or esoteric. They say that if we want to climb that path of excellence toward perfection, here‚s what we might think or do. Practical, tangible things. Whether discussing parents, teachers, staff, principals, service, character, perception, teaching, data, finances, or curriculum, the vision of what a perfect school would look like and what we can do to race or tiptoe up that glorious rise to see and live it are shared, for discussion and action.
And who dares even address perfection in education? Jim Rosborg, Max McGee, and Jim Burgett aren't long-bearded gods pronouncing from on high but rather roll-up-your-sleeves mortals with 100+ years of highly successful, much heralded labors in the fields of learning: all were teachers, principals, and superintendents, and much more. Their biographies near the back of the book will fill in the gaps.
The Perfect School is a perfect roadmap to success and excellence. A must read.