Today, I read a very interesting article written by Tony Jacowski of Aveta Solutions, he suggests applying the principles of Six Sigma to education. This is a concept that I have never thought of, or have ever heard of anyone speak of. I think he is onto something. His suggestion is probably much less controversial than the goverment mandated No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
The NCLB act, in many people’s opinion, has only forced teachers to focus on preparing for the standardized tests which are be used to evaluate the schools and students. Granted, the NCLB Act is much more comprehensive than this, but from a parent’s limited perspective and our children’s ability level compared to students in other countries, it appears to be more disruptive to learning compared to promoting true learning. The act has cost hundreds of billions of dollars since inception in 2001, which would be money well spent if all could see its success.
The concept of applying Six Sigma to education could result in, as Jacowski said, a “positive change in teaching methods and a consequential positive result is bound to happen”. By utilizing the tools of Six Sigma an environment of continuous improvement, innovation and creativity could be developed by close interaction between teachers, students and parents. Who knows, it might actually be able to reduce our school’s budgets and increase the quality of education that our students receive.