EDUCATIONAL PANACEAS

I have been collecting these for a number of years. Each time a new administration appears at the state or federal level, we have a new panacea. Many of these programs are not worth the paper that they are printed on. However, there are a few that do work. However, when the new administration comes in, a whole new set of panaceas appears. Do you wonder why school people are skeptical about modernity?

Educational Panaceas

Madeline Hunter

Charter Schools

Teacher Expectation for Students


ISO 9000

Business Model


Portfolio   Assessment

Authentic   Assessment

Value   Added Assessment

Multi-Cultural   Education


A Nation   At Risk

The Conant   Report

The Sandia   Study

Performance   Objectives

Standards-Based   Education

Essential   Schools

Block   Scheduling

Writing to   Read

Whole   Language

Character   Education

Structural   Lingustics

New Math

New   Science


Large   Group/Small Group


Peer Coaching

Effective   Schools

Critical   Thinking

Brain   Teaching

Site-Based   Management

Strategic   Planning

Long-Range   Planning

Scope and   Sequence

Cultural   Literacy

Home   Schooling

Cyber   Education


Moral   Education

Assessment   Strategies



Global   Education

Shared   Decision Making

Cognitive   Development

Back to   Basics

Magnet   Schools

Distance   Education



Cooperative   Learning

Service   Learning

Lead   Teacher

Curriculum   Compaction

Channel   One

Intensive Scheduling

Teaching to the Test


Dropout Prevention

Leaning Contracts

Assertive Discipline


Interdisciplinary Design

Learning Centered School

Teacher Empowerment

Instructional Leadership

Teacher Centers

School Based Management

The Empowered Manager

Bilateral Decision Making

Effective Instructional Management

Grass Roots Management

Mentor Teachers

The Copernican Plan

Developmental Model (ODOM)

National Diffusion Network (NDN)

STAR schools

Team Planning

Supplemental Learning Centers

Flexible Scheduling

Modular Scheduling

Core Curriculum

Collaborative Teaching


Clinical Supervision

Interactive Analysis

Paideia Proposal

Teacher Assisting and Coaching

Writing Across the Curriculum

Intergenerational Education

BSCS Biology


Competency Based Education

Career Education

Statewide School Reform

Kitchen Science

Gifted Education

Instructional Support Teams


Logical consequences discipline

Human Relations Programs

High Stakes Testing

Peer Mentoring

Native Language Instruction



Bilingual Education

Clinical Intervention

Measurement Driven Instruction

Merit Pay

School/Business Partnerships

School to Work

Outcomes Based Education

Teacher Internships in Business

Sex Education

The Carnegie Report


Community Schools

No Child Left Behind

Every School a Good School

Education Quality Assessment






Head Start

Small School Reform


Regional Service Agencies

PVASS (value added)

Keystone Exams


Health Education

Nutrition Education

Outcome-Based Education

Race to the Top

Community Schools


Small High School Movement

Focused Literacy

State Takeovers


Race to the Top

On Line learning

Core Standards

Keystone Exams



Race to the Top

Community Schools

High Stakes Testing




  1. That’s quite a collection. Can you tell me what you think of common core standards? I confess, at first blush it seems to make sense to me – schools everywhere should be teaching students to meet the same set of standards. But some critics see something far more sinister in this plan. What are your thoughts?

    • Lisa,
      Great to hear from you. Since I was on the State Board that first approved them, I thought, because they were general enough, that they might help teachers see what things they should be teaching. I still do not think that there is anything sinister about them. The standards are still mostly Pennsylvania standards, with out 15% different. It still does not fit the bill as a “curriculum.” They are general enough to suit local school district needs.

  2. Thanks. Nice to find your blog and to hear from you as well.
    It sounds like we have pretty much the same take on this issue. I think some of the criticisms are easy to refute – for example specific book passages taken out of context, or skills that would be good to have, even if they are not necessarily required by a student’s desired career. Some of the other claims just sound irrational to me. Now that I see our education system through the eyes of a parent of a gifted middle school student, I can understand a parent’s passion. But I still think I can look at it through the eyes of a reporter, and some of the stuff I read just doesn’t make sense. Thanks again for your help.

    • It’s always interesting to hear from parents who have a stake in their child’s success. Hard to believe that you have a middle school child. Then again, it’s been twenty two years since I left Clarion. I do communicate with Paul H. and see Ginny frequently.

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