Educating for Excellence: Improving Quality and Productivity in the 90's

Educating for Excellence: Improving Quality and Productivity in the 90's

Educating for Excellence: Improving Quality and Productivity in the 90's

Educating for Excellence: Improving Quality and Productivity in the 90's

Synopsis

America's current social and economic crises are the subject of this work, which attributes much of the blame to the loss of excellence in education. By focusing on such topics as management's failure to recognize the importance of technology, the school systems' inability to train students in lower grades, the health care crisis, and the lack of ethical standards, Brown and Comolo provide a clear picture of the need for re-education in all aspects of our society. A set of four concluding chapters offer ideas and solutions to the problems.

Excerpt

It sometimes appears there is a deliberate effort on the part of the American people to discourage excellence. We produce goods of poor quality, and we are losing ground in research and development. We do not encourage excellence in the public schools and as a result lag behind most of the developed countries of the world in the education of the young. We boast about our medical care system; yet, we are almost at the bottom of the list of developed and some undeveloped countries in infant mortality rates. Our crime rate exceeds that of most other countries and we have become a drug culture. We are in a time of business turmoil.

On the one hand there is intense and ever increasing competition from countries that American business would have regarded with contempt a few years ago. On the other hand, there are worrying signs of problems in the economy with increasing national debt and failure of foreign countries to meet debt obligations. This has been coupled with the lack of ethical standards in the community evidenced by the many Wall Street criminal prosecutions for stock fraud, cheating in the schools, and lack of public morality in government.

The inability to compete on an equal footing with foreign imports, in electronics and autos in particular, has been blamed on a variety of factors including cost of labor and cost of materials. No one has stepped forward to state that a large part of the blame is due to the poor management of American business and education--a loss of excellence. Yet the manager in business, government, or education is responsible for all of these factors and that is the thesis of this book.

The basis of economic development and excellence is education and the student from preschool through college must be prepared to meet the challenges of competition, managers must revise their approach to business and technology, the workers must become a part of the industrial enterprise rather than drawing from it by working only for money, and the public must learn to define . . .

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