Distrust and Educational Change

Distrust and Educational Change Overcoming Barriers to Just and Lasting Reform

Katherine Schultz
paper, 176 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-297-3
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cloth, 176 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-298-0
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Distrust characterizes much of the current political discourse in the United States today. It shapes our feelings about teachers, schools, and policies. In Distrust and Educational Change, Katherine Schultz argues that distrust—and the failure to recognize and address it—significantly contributes to the failure of policies meant to improve educational systems. The strategies the United States has chosen to enact reform engender distrust, and in so doing, undermine the conditions that enable meaningful educational change. In situations in which distrust—rather than trust—predominates, teachers and principals are reluctant to transform their educational practice.


Schultz reminds us that trust is required for educators to do their jobs well, and that current policies and practices have upended trust. She makes a convincing argument about how distrust has come to rule the decision-making processes of many in power, and how poor decision-making, at least in the US, may be due to the rise and overuse of high-stakes testing. She also alludes to the ways in which distrust now permeates many of our democratic institutions—her analysis may help us understand why. — Linda Nathan, executive director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship

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About the Author

Katherine Schultz is dean and professor of education at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

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