Weekend Readings July 7th

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Weekend Readings

By Allan Alach

It is term break in New Zealand, and Australia, and the summer break in northern hemisphere countries, so I hope all teachers and principals are having a well earned rest. Look after number one! Or, as airlines say, put your own mask on first. You can’t help others if you don’t look after yourself.

I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allan.alach@ihug.co.nz.

This week’s homework!

League tables will create a stalinist education system?

While this was written from a New Zealand perspective, it fits any standards based education agenda.

http://www.eastonbh.ac.nz/?p=1678

How GERM is infecting schools around the world.

This is written by Pasi Sahlberg, author of “ Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland? and director general of Finland’s Center for International Mobility and Cooperation. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/how-germ-is-infecting-schools-around-the-world/2012/06/29/gJQAVELZAW_blog.html?wprss=rss_answer-sheet

OMG… Please do not do this.

Just in case you thought you’d heard it all, here is the Republican Party policy for Texas education. Warning – nausea alert!

http://edorigami.edublogs.org/2012/06/30/omg-please-do-not-do-this/

Teacher Incentive Pay Doesn’t Work. Unions and Teachers-“We Told You So.”

http://democurmudgeon.blogspot.co.nz/2010/09/weve-watched-clever-cartoon-evaluating.html?spref=fb

Where is the Future of Education?

Reflections by David Warlick (if you’ve not heard of him, he’s well worth investigating) on the future of education.

Does this section ring any bells for you?

“We’re being convinced that:

  • The U.S. is falling behind other nations in education – that  our schools are failing.
  • The success of schools and education can be precisely measured and quantified by a corporate testing industry and the constant testing of our children.
  • Teachers, protected by labor unions, do not know what they’re doing.
  • Business can do it better.”

http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/?p=3614

No Dentist Left Behind

This has been around for a while, but is well worth revisiting, to lift the gloom that can overpower us. Thanks to Danny Nicholls, Principal, St. Patrick’s School, Taupo, for the link.

http://www.joebower.org/2012/06/no-dentist-left-behind.html

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