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By Allan Alach
Another miscellany of readings this week, from the usual to the bizarre… As you will see by the two articles on Bill Gates, a ‘1984’ version of education is lurking out there.
I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s homework!
“Pearson recognized twelve years ago that continuous assessment is where the money is. All this talk of standards is just a camouflage for continuous assessment.”
Does this seem familiar?
Another perspective on the attacks against teachers. What do you think?
The New Misogyny: What it means for teachers and classrooms
Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch have found themselves at odds on policy over the years, but they share a passion for improving schools. Bridging Differences will offer their insights on what matters most in education.
Here is an example of their correspondence.
The Left Wing of the Possible
Do effective teachers teach three times as much as ineffective teachers? This kind of claim needs debunking as it drives the teacher effectiveness agenda.
This is an essential read if you really want to know what Bill Gates is up to – the influences are clearly obvious in NZ and Australia.
Following on, are you aware that Gates is promoting the idea of electronic bracelets to monitor student engagement and therefore teacher ‘effectiveness?’
Marion Brady is a very experienced and articulate US educator, promoting child friendly curricula as the alternative to test based instruction. “Myriad factors affect learner and school performance, many of them related to poverty and its attendant culture. I don’t discount the role played by any of them. But I insist that what matters most is what does or doesn’t happen in learner’s heads, and that’s determined primarily by the curriculum. No matter teacher skill, testing regimen, or technological tools, no matter buildings, budgets, or bureaucracies, if the curriculum is poor, instruction will be poor. Period.”
Here is a typical example of his writing:
The biggest problem with traditional schooling.
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