The Seven Deadly Sins of the K-12 Education System
Costly and Ineffective Programs and Strategies by Philip S. Cicero, Ed.D.
This book is for anyone who believes that reducing class size, doing more homework, being taught by experienced teachers, using technology, receiving remediation, repeating a grade and increasing school time will improve student achievement. The reason this book is for you is because these long practiced academic interventions just don’t work. Not only do they not work but they are overly priced, costly and put an unnecessary financial burden on school districts and taxpayers. So why do we continue to use them? We use them because we believe they work. However, that’s not the reality. Recent research demonstrates that those respective interventions have little, if any, impact on improving student achievement. This book reviews the research debunking the myths, estimates the various wasteful costs of these ineffective myths and offers practical and alternative means to improving student achievement.
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Philip S. Cicero, Ed.D.
Dr. Philip Cicero retired in 2008 after 35 years of service as a coach, club advisor, teacher, building and school district administrator, and his last 11 years as superintendent of schools.
He has taught physical education and special education at all grade levels from K-12. After teaching for 12 years, he entered administration and assumed the role of special education chairperson then director of educational services. Later, he became an assistant superintendent responsible for curriculum and pupil personnel services. He concluded his fulfilling career as superintendent of schools on Long Island, New York.
In 2008, following his retirement, he began a second career as an adjunct professor of education in the school of education at Adelphi University. He has taught a variety of courses to both undergraduate and graduate level students including child development, children with special needs, and schools, community and society. He also serves as the department’s co-chairperson of the Advisory Council, along with the dean of education.
Since his retirement he has published a number of articles covering a range of timely topics such as class size, seniority of teachers, testing for early childhood students, homework, mentoring new administrators, and the value of today’s high school diploma. These articles have appeared in the New York State School Boards Newsletter, School Administrator, American School Board Journal, along with articles appearing as op/ed pieces in a regional newspaper.
His formal education started with Manhattan College (B.S.), followed by Adelphi University (M.A.) and then New York University where he earned his doctoral degree (Ed.D.). While attending NYU, he also completed his course requirements for New York State certifications in school building administration and school district administration at Hofstra University.
While quite pleased with his educational contributions, he remains slightly disappointed at times that he never achieved his childhood dream of playing professional baseball for an often hated New York team. His childhood allegiance has since changed to the other side of that town. While his playing dreams have never fully disappeared, his passion for the game continues as a fan. He and two of his lifelong and closest friends from fourth grade – Lou and Jim – travel annually to different cities each summer to see out of town baseball games.
He lives in New York with his beautiful wife Joanne, along with their loyal dog, a white Havanese named Evita. The three periodically spend time in Florida to escape the New York winters.
To keep his mind clear and open to new writing ideas, he finds his relaxation and inspiration by running and bicycling for various charitable causes and also by playing golf and occasionally taking swings at a local batting range. Some dreams never go away.
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Cicero, Philip S. [MC????]
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I believe that Philip is a member of the Class of 1973.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Cicero, Philip S. [MC1973]
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Comment That’s me … Class of 1973. Thanks for the press release. Still follow the Jaspers and try to get to a few bb games each year. Thanks again, Phil
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