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Nobody wins

Posted on: July 22, 2020

How did a major publisher of textbooks in Singapore release a blatantly racist book?

We might worry about its selection processes for authors and content. We might wonder what editing and filtering its clearing house performed. After all that failed, we might sigh at the template-based response and “apology” the company issued.

The company might look into tightening it policies and processes. But all that is administrative salve for a deeper problem. It needs to find out how and why it allowed this to happen in the first place.

I suggest three root causes. The company:

  1. focused more on content and skills, and not enough on values and attitudes
  2. did not embrace diversity of hires and thought
  3. focused on easy answers instead of difficult questions

The book was titled Who Wins?. Nobody wins if those of us in schooling and education repeat those mistakes.

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