Kudos to Jay Mathews for writing this:
When fixing schools, beware of miracle cures. Every week people send me ideas they say will change the future of education and lead all humanity to enlightenment. So, when management expert William G. Ouchi let me look at his new work on the surprising power of total student loads per teacher, or TSL, I was skeptical.??
As you should be, Jay, as you should be. But on to the meat of the article: TSL, Ouchi's newest addition to the alphabet soup of acronyms. Yes, that's William Ouchi of the widely read Making Schools Work, which rightly espouses the idea of weighted student funding, or (alphabet soup!) WSF. We've written on this topic too and we think it a darn good idea--but, like its reform-minded brethren, not a panacea. At first read, TSL sounds like an interesting concept. Ouchi does his homework, too, which makes me much more likely to read this forthcoming book (when it is published--unclear when that will be) with an open mind.??
Here's the problem, though. Ouchi (according to Mathews, who it must be noted is the only one, it seems, who has read this elusive...