Public Schools Should Learn to Ski: A Systems Approach to Education

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This book introduces two models that can be used and adapted in restructuring schools to function as "systems" of learning rather than as separate classrooms. The Ski School model depicts an outcome-based quality system. It shows the organization of a system that effectively accommodates and responds to all levels of student performance, and students' varying rates of learning. The Learning Buffet model is another resource-based, outcome system that allows students to access all of the teachers and learning resources in a systematic laboratory of learning. Students are no longer locked into classes for a fixed period of time.

These models provide the reader with new paradigms for the restructuring of schools. By collecting and measuring student performance data, Rubin describes how a school can become a system of learning that links and supports children and teachers are produces incredible results.