Harris and Jones deftly weave together seemingly polar opposite notions in education—equity and excellence—and provide persuasive arguments that the two are interrelated. System Recall proposes innovative and workable solutions to ensure that equity issues constitute the centerpiece of professional collaboration, policy-making, and educational reform. The key message is clear: poverty need not determine a child’s life chances, choices, or destiny if schools provide interventions that mitigate the impact of poverty and inequity on educational outcomes.
This important book looks systemic inequity in the face and calls out those things that exacerbate educational disadvantage around the world: punitive accountability regimes, marketplace competition, and a hyper-focus on international large-scale testing. System Recall presents a simple premise: that equity leads to excellence. It calls for those leading schools and education systems to consider culture and context, and provides a clear set of guiding principles.
In a time where “education has become the most important global currency,” this book is both needed and timely. Only if we make the changes described in this book can we ensure high quality and equitable education for all of our students. This is what excellence looks like.
System Recall: Leading for Equity and Excellence reminds all of us who are fortunate enough to be in leadership positions that achieving true excellence is only possible by placing ultimate value on equity.
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