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Good Introduction To Systems Thinking
January 30, 2018
This is a good introduction to systems thinking. Consider it a high level overview. However, the author does provide specific references to resources for those who want to learn more on the topic.
The book has an emphasis on education based on the experiences of the author as a teacher. In fact, one could readily see this being a thesis written for an M.A.Ed. degree and subsequently re-purposed as a book. That's not bad, just a note on the writing style. And it's a positive for someone reading it that works in public or private education.
The only issue I have with the book (and subtracting one star for it) is that the author's biases with respect to politics and education do seep into the book. Yes, we're all biased as humans. However, in this case it did detract from the points the author was trying to make about systems thinking.
For example, the author equates cuts in educational funding to changing the primary purpose of schools as a place to learn. Yet there are plenty of studies out there that show there is very little correlation between the amount spent per capita on students and their academic performance. Clearly, there is something else at play in educational systems affecting performance that isn't triggered by the amount of money spent.
As the son of a former school principal, I appreciate what the author has done here and hope that he continues on with research and writing. From what I've seen in this book, he seems to be one of those teachers who makes a difference.
So, I do recommend the book for what it is...a great introduction to the topic.