Teles’ arguments about the major challenges of government management describe a very different reality than most of us are communicating to our students. He argues that the problem with government isn’t its size, it is its complexity. And he argues that complexity produces incoherence, even to the point that “we have arrived at a form of government with no ideological justification whatsoever.”
“… using a smartphone to cram more work into a given evening results in less work done the next day.”
“Citizens should demand that government agencies maximize the value of tax dollars by constantly looking for better ways to utilize the brainpower of their employees.”
“The strategic needs for acquiring, developing and retaining talent should flow from the education system’s improvement strategy, which usually includes an explicit vision of effective instructional practice and identifies the key people needed to implement the improvement strategy.”
Decades of research have confirmed the importance of delegating both authority and responsibility, of empowering employees, and of ensuring that staff members have the resources they need to get the job done.
As 2014 approaches, it’s time for teachers to commit to the kind of change that will truly transform education. The easiest place to start is with assessment.
An exclusive focus on transparency can lead to unexamined confidence in the actions of government. Open systems do not mean that information is presented in a meaningful way or that it is accurate. The innocent assumption is that the citizen or the media will be able to detect and expose this kind of wrongdoing.