Educational Readings 23rd November

The Treehorn Express

Opinion soaked in knowledge & experience.

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Reliable Anecdotes of Reality

Treehorn is the hero of an easy-to-read, sad children’s book, “The Shrinking of Treehorn” by Florence Heidi Parry. She cleverly exposes adults’ couldn’t-care-less attitude towards the needs of children, even when the circumstances of mal-treatment of children  are patently obvious.  Treehorn found that parents, teachers and principals only pretend to care.  His principal ignored his problem but was still able to say, “You were right to come to me. That’s what I’m here for. To guide. Not to punish, but to guide. To guide all members of my team. To solve their problems.” And Treehorn kept shrinking.

When he started to turn green, his mother told him to comb his hair before the Smedleys arrived for bridge.

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Educational Readings

By Allan Alach

Another pattern in the GERM movement, across the world, is the hypocrisy of the authorities over the use of ‘achievement data’. While schools are expected to ‘play the game’ and follow the requirements to the letter, the authorities play by different rules. I’ve read many overseas articles on this topic, and now evidence is starting to appear in New Zealand that indicates a similar process is happening here. We’re not yet quite sure what the intent of this fudging of information is, and investigations are continuing. In the meantime Kelvin Smythe has covered this in a number of articles.

http://www.networkonnet.co.nz/index.php?section=latest&id=373

http://www.networkonnet.co.nz/index.php?section=latest&id=417

http://www.networkonnet.co.nz/index.php?section=latest&id=323

http://www.networkonnet.co.nz/index.php?section=latest&id=237

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!

Roger Schank: Only two things wrong with education: 1) What we teach; 2) How we teach

I’d add politicians, economists and corporates to the list..

http://bit.ly/ZV4bfy

Ruth Sutton on Rethinking Accountability

Via Canadian blogger Joe Bower.

‘This study of the links between assessment, learning and achievement revealed for the first time what many people interested in this field – myself included – had always suspected. To use an agricultural analogy, ‘Weighing the pig doesn’t make it grow.’

http://www.joebower.org/2012/11/ruth-sutton-on-rethinking-accountability.html

Instructional Leadership

Les Treichel, Retired Queensland Regional Director of Education, has sent me this document that he prepared a couple of years back. This is well worth reading, by principals and others in leadership roles, and also by all who are interested in real education as opposed to GERM infected education.

http://bit.ly/SdNPN2

The challenge of creativity in a compliance environment

This blog by Bruce Hammonds should be read and reread and reread….

http://leading-learning.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/the-challenge-of-creativity-in.html

“Payment-by-Results” in 1862!

History repeats, it seems, and still doesn’t work.

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/11/18/payment-by-results-in-1862/

Using Just 10% of Your Brain? Think Again

Popular ‘neuromyths’ about how we learn are creating confusion in the classroom

Goes with all the other learning myths, like national standards, raising achievement, national testing, performance pay, charter schools, and so on….. My personal favourite myth is ‘brain based learning.’  Thanks to Michael Fawcett @teachernz for this link.

http://on.wsj.com/10hBR7i

Finland’s Secret Sauce: Its Teachers

http://bit.ly/102cDKS

http://bit.ly/TQnLUu

“Anyone Can Be A Teacher:” A Salute to American Education Week

A good response to this oft heard statement of ignorance:

http://bit.ly/Qbt0Sz

Education is a Process of Living and Not a Preparation for Future Living

Written for the USA; however this is very transferable to education in all GERM infected countries. It’s a longish article but well worth reading in its entirety. Will provide great ammunition to support you in debates with deformers and to inform parents etc.

http://bit.ly/QqVoBv

Michael Gove’s national curriculum reforms: where’s the creativity?

“We could look to the unconventional Lumiar schools in Brazil, which believe that children learn best when they have a say in what they’re learning.’

http://bit.ly/UfO7Uk

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