Abstract for: MinSim

Since A Nation At Risk in 1983, America has struggled with various educational reform strategies, none of which has produced any lasting impact. Can system dynamics help explain these failures and suggest better questions and alternatives? This presentation introduces a newly revised and simplified version of a system dynamics model of student performance. The model has been used for planning and policy analysis by educators and others over the last decade. This presentation will focus on its utility as an education version of the Beer Game that demonstrates the power of nonlinear feedbacks and delays in system dynamics.