First Things First Right The First Time

Quality Improvement


The concept is that quality improvement is available for the taking.  It almost takes no brains to envision a 100% delivery of all children ready to read to kindergarten.  This would subsequently change everything under the banner of Quality Improvement.  

Sure it is a big thought but it is actually a smaller thought than no child left behind or special education or title I or early special education, or, or and or.  Ready to read before kindergarten capitalizes on just the age 0-6 time period when children are attached to mom with the universal built in sensitive period to learn language, age 3-6, as a function of nature, before they are behind.  You know the gap has been enhanced since it was defined by mothers who no longer wait for kindergarten and sometimes don’t even wait for preschool. The market is speaking as to what is first things first.    

The USA definition of FTFRTFT is seen in the link above.  We have adapted the concepts of FTF  combining and applying Crosby, Covey and Goldratt to the plight of low quality for our most at risk children.  We are not alone in the assumption that it just makes too much sense and the concept has been reviewed in that light by at least two innovative school superintendents. There are societies of change managers who are most familiar with the concepts. But,… the first step for school districts and communities is so very simple a book is not needed. Managing the fact that everything will change year by year from the front end. Costs will need to be bridged to savings and that will require change management leadership and assurance.  It is pure supply chain innovation for a school district to reach into the community to assure itself that all children are really ready to read.  It is pure critical chain resource planning in K-12 to make the most out of the new high quality input.   

2 money down the sink hurts

Attached is the introductory letter to the goal.  The Goal Introduces the Theory of Constraints.  5,000,000 copies of this book are in publication and the business school universities use it as a text book even though it is published as a novel.  It presents constraints to throughput as process bottlenecks (like letting the not ready overrun the kindergarten capacities) causing more resources downstream to be applied to hopeless remediation and then dropout. It sees policies as throughput constraints that can be removed with Socratic thinking.   We have used the following no nonsense letter to introduce this concept to superintendents.

If you believe these experts thoughts (call in a business executive to confirm that this has become common knowledge in the service and manufacturing industries in the last 30 years) you can start investing in Ready to Read — ERSD-RA tomorrow because it will all come together for you and the children.  I know you don’t want to mix school systems with business systems so don’t.  Look at the GOAL as More Graduations, Less Drop Out Risk That Will Not Graduate and Lower Total Cost Because of Increased Unit Throughput.  

Our systems are not built to last the 85 years they are needed for the children and ourselves.  It is time to structure our systems to continuously improve for ourselves and our children. Our way of life system (security) has not been created to last, yet. The way to that has to include continuous improvement and it has to include the Theory of Constraints. The author of this theory communicates it via several novels that are easy to read and one short book of logic.