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Category Archives: Quality Management
The New York Times recently published an editorial calling for teachers to be punished or rewarded based on the academic growth of their students, ignoring the fact that individualized incentives fail to increase overall performance or quality—either in education or … Continue reading
Preface: I am delighted to host a guest blogger, my friend Wes Chapman and an expert on clinical data systems. Wes has a keen interest in process and systems improvement in healthcare. This article is the first of a four-part … Continue reading
How Verizon Treats its Customers: 1 Month, a Dozen Calls and $310 to Get Service Restored In a recent blog post, “Why I Tried…and Failed…to Fire Verizon”, I described the systemic screw-ups and service break-downs that led me to try … Continue reading
When I first began reading Sean D. Hamill’s account of the partnership between the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the local union, I was immediately skeptical; I sensed the heavy hand of corporate reformers. After all, the story features a $40 … Continue reading
Late last year, after months of problems with my internet service, I decided to fire Verizon and switch to Time Warner, which promised me seamless connectivity, phone service and cable, all at a good price. Instead, I’m back with Verizon—not … Continue reading
The search for superstars—from the ball field to the boardroom—is a uniquely American obsession. Most recently, school reformers have been promoting the idea that filling every classroom with “great” teachers—and, of course, getting rid of all the “deadbeats”—will solve the … Continue reading
Contrary to the assumptions of many education reformers, it is possible to turnaround a failing school without firing teachers, getting rid of the union, offering pay incentives or hiring high-priced outside experts. In a wide-ranging interview last week, Susan Szachowicz, … Continue reading