Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

The Covington News - - Opinion -

A bro­ken sys­tem

Dear Ed­i­tor: The sys­tem is bro­ken. Why do I say that? Us­ing sta­tis­ti­cal tools, we know that less than 5 per­cent (or .3 per­cent, or in the case of 6 Sigma, .3 per mil­lion) fail­ures means that the er­ror is ran­dom. How­ever, greater than 5 per­cent means that the sys­tem is fail­ing. So when 2 out of our 3 high schools in New­ton County fail AYP, we con­clude that it means there is a sys­tem fail­ure. When 41 per­cent of schools fail to achieve An­nual Yearly Progress (AYP), we con­clude that is a sys­tem fail­ure. What do you do about a sys­tem fail­ure? You use a sys­tems change tool like the Fu­ture Search Con­fer­ence to re-struc­ture and ori­ent the sys­tem. Ex­tend­ing this anal­y­sis, we would also con­clude that the en­tire Ge­or­gia ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is fail­ing and needs over­haul­ing. Where will we start to fix the fail­ure?

In­ter­est­ingly, this same anal­y­sis would sug­gest our econ­omy, em­ploy­ment, and health­care sys­tems are all bro­ken at the mo­ment. Again, the so­lu­tion is the same.

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