The Treehorn Express
Opinion soaked in knowledge & experience.
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.
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.
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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..
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.’
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.
The challenge of creativity in a compliance environment
This blog by Bruce Hammonds should be read and reread and reread….
“Payment-by-Results” in 1862!
History repeats, it seems, and still doesn’t work.
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.
Finland’s Secret Sauce: Its Teachers
“Anyone Can Be A Teacher:” A Salute to American Education Week
A good response to this oft heard statement of ignorance:
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.
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.’