For decades Tom Hatch has been engaged in school reform as an observer, researcher, and participant—as well as the involved parent of three children. He has surveyed efforts across the United States and much of the world—notably Norway, Finland, and Singapore—sympathetically but not uncritically. In this magisterial work, he presents the lessons he has learned and offers sage advice to those who seek to improve our schools—anywhere, everywhere.
You won’t find a better book on system change in education than The Education We Need for a Future We Can’t Predict. It addresses all the key issues and does so from the ground up. We learn why schools don’t change; how they can improve; what it takes to change a system; and, in the final analysis, the possibilities of system change. It has remarkable geographical range based on lived-in familiarity of the countries in question: the US, Finland, Singapore, South Africa, Norway, and more.
It is highly unusual and wonderfully refreshing to read a book so carefully pitched to our turbulent times as Tom Hatch’s The Education We Need for a Future We Can’t Predict. This magnum opus masterfully blends a moving personal memoir, trenchant social and political analysis, and an inspiring vision of a better world. This is must-reading for all serious educators and change leaders in the age of the coronavirus and beyond.
The Education We Need for a Future We Can’t Predict is an absolute must read for everyone interested in effective and equitable educational changes. Drawing on Tom Hatch’s extensive expertise from research and direct involvement in educational improvement work, this book provides wise advice and practical actions ranging from micro-innovations for teaching, learning and equity in classrooms, to school improvement and reform, and large-scale change to transform education systems.
Tom Hatch has been ‘in the arena’ where policy, programs, people, and power converge to educate children. In his fantastic, informative new book, The Education We Need for a Future We Can’t Predict, Tom travelled the globe to study how individuals, classrooms, schools, school systems, and nations ‘try with despair and hope to change and transform educational opportunities.’ Whether you’re a parent, practitioner, or policymaker, this book is written for you to take action to improve schools and communities; and to create new educational possibilit
This educational odyssey is a fascinating story about why we need, now more than ever, to both improve our schools and transform education systems at the same time. In the era of global health crisis, political instability and economic uncertainty, Tom Hatch and colleagues bring us a much-needed message of optimism and hope: We can change schools for better and improve education systems if we really want to do so.
Tom Hatch has worked at the center of some of the landmark school reform initiatives of our times. He has inside knowledge of the promise and the disappointments of school reform. In this perceptive book, Hatch shares his well-informed vision of what can work in efforts to improve our schools. The book is a timely and valuable contribution to our literature on school improvement.
Very few books on school reform contain so many ideas and insights into how to develop and improve education and educational systems for the future challenges. This book underlines in a very interesting and absorbing way the fact that we do not know about the future and we can’t predict it. We can, however, create a future together by offering a right to good teaching and learning in our systems.
There are many reasons to feel discouraged about attempts to substantively transform public education these days. The grammar of schooling has proved remarkably hard to change, most reform efforts have failed to prepare our children for the messy world we’re passing on to them, and we’re now entering a world where disruptions to life and work will likely become part of our everyday realities. If you’re one of those unwilling to give up to hopelessness, or if you’re already on the verge of losing hope, you have to read this book by Tom Hatch.
Education is plagued by an absent of knowledge on the intricacies related to “making change happen” in education focused governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Hatch has written a deeply personal and reflective book that weaves decades of personal and global research evidence with his own personal experience as a student, parent and scholar in different countries. As a result, The Education We Need provides a unique, timely and compelling argument for how lives within schools and education systems are inextricably linked to local and national context.
This book will be essential reading for my students!
A well written and well-argued book, bringing in the value of small scale changes in improving whole educational systems across the developed and developing world. It is healthily critical, reflective and humble while seeking to be constructive and ultimately optimistic, too. The book shows that educational transformation without social transformation is extremely unlikely on any significant scale, but that substantial improvement of what already exists is feasible, desirable and, of itself, can make significant contributions to equity.