The W. Edwards Deming Institute® Podcast


David Langford explores Education and the Race to the Top  "...this too shall pass"

This week's podcast features David Langford, CEO and founder of Langford International, Inc. and Deming Institute Advisory Board member.

David discusses "Education as a System" and using the four parts of Deming's "System of Profound Knowledge" to make a systemic change to the current education system. He talks about the "aim" and "product" of the education system. "What are we trying to accomplish?" "Are we just trying to improve test scores or are we trying to teach kids to think?"

David talks about the difference between studying and learning and the diminishing returns you receive when you have a whole system based on memorization. And why attempts to improve the system through programs such as "No Child Left Behind" and "Race to the Top" do not work.

Listen as David explores "what is good learning" and how changing the education system through "continual improvement thinking" (rather than just adding programs) will lead to better results for students and teachers; a win-win for all. 

Direct download: DemingEpisode12.m4a
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:36pm PST