The Norman Transcript


February 20, 2013

Education expert cites systematic problems, reform methods



On general education policy in the United States, Fullan said that, as a result of years of neglecting the teaching profession, the policy attempts have been to compensate with heavy-handed accountability.

“You (educators) are stuck with the policy on paper, but you’re not stuck with the mindset it creates. You can find good things within the policy and use those to maximize the right motivations behind it,” Fullan said.

Calling Fullan a “tremendous” researcher, Norman Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano said Fullan’s remarks against punitive measures were especially pertinent to Oklahoma.

“It appears we have a lot of reforms that have a punitive aspect to them, and it’s important to recognize that there are parts of those reforms that are more effective than punishments. If any reforms are going to work in our state, I’d attribute it to developing that capacity within personnel through a foundation of professional development, as opposed to those punitive measures,” Siano said.

To learn more about Fullan and his strategy for education reform, visit

Caitlin Schudalla


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