In the current issue of Quality Digest, Rich McGrath Ed.D., and Thomas R. Cutler examine the vital role of elementary education in preparing the future workforce.
The article may be read at www.DrRichMcGrath.com or at www.trcutlerinc.com.
According to McGrath and Cutler, “There are more than six millions jobs available in the United States and an unemployment rate stubbornly stuck above 8%. These two pieces of information would appear incongruent, yet employers regularly insist that basic skillsets, rudimentary math and basic reading and comprehension are lacking among more than 80% of all applicants. It is impossible to examine the role of preparing a future workforce without looking at early education…all roads lead to elementary education. Sadly, the simple well-tested practices of lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Kaizen Blitz events, are completely unpracticed in the field of education.”
Education is beginning to recognize that school performance and accountability is tantamount to the Director of Quality role in every manufacturing plant. Some of this shift is taking place because No Child Left Behind, while valiant in concept ten years ago, is not equally suitable to all learning, all children, or all schools. Nearly two thirds of all states have requested or received waivers from the Department of Education to measure performance and achievement using metrics most suitable to the desired performance outcomes.
Children of poverty do not have the same access to technology and the internet as more affluent students, creating a greater disparity of needed skills in the workplace.
About TR Cutler, Inc. and Thomas R. Cutler
TR Cutler, Inc. (www.trcutlerinc.com) was founded by Thomas R. Cutler thirteen years ago. Maintaining extraordinary relationships with clients, journalists, editors, trendsetters, and key business leaders worldwide, TR Cutler, Inc. has become a key resource for those writing about the manufacturing sector. Cutler founded the proprietary Manufacturing Media Consortium in the 1999, which now tops 4000+ participating members. Cutler is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Online News Association, American Society of Business Publication Editors, and Committee of Concerned Journalists, as well as author of more than five hundred feature articles annually regarding the manufacturing, industrial, and distribution sectors.
About Dr. Rich McGrath and Kaizen Education Leadership
Dr. Rich McGrath (www.drrichmcgrath.com) is an expert in all phases of education, particularly versed in school-wide reform of inner city schools; with experience leading a school of students with over 90% poverty and over 60% English Language Learners. McGrath served as principal for the past decade. He was a reading consultant for Northwest Area Education Agency for five years; a classroom teacher for fifteen years for Sioux City Community Schools, Iowa and Aurora Public Schools, Colorado. A graduate of University of Denver, Colorado, Dr. McGrath studied education then received his Master’s in School Administration from University of Northern Iowa; he earned his doctorate from University of South Dakota in Curriculum and Instruction. School Administrators of Iowa recognized Dr. Richard McGrath as one of the leading elementary school principals in Iowa in 2011. Follow Dr. Rich McGrath on Twitter @drrichmcgrath.
Dr. Rich McGrath