This video is about the USA educational scene, however it is very relevant, in most part, to New Zealand and Australia. A great watch.
‘Is it necessary to have every child master the same exact material at the same level of difficulty?
About Christopher Tienken, from his website:
Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University in the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Education Management, Policy, and Leadership. He has public school administration experience as a PK-12 assistant superintendent, middle school principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and elementary school assistant principal. He began his career in education as an elementary school teacher. Tienken is currently the editor of the American Association of School Administrators Journal of Scholarship and Practice and the Kappa Delta Pi Record.
Tienken’s research interests include school reform issues such as the influence of curriculum quality on student outcomes and the construct validity of high-stakes standardized tests as decision-making tools to determine school effectiveness. The Institute of Education Sciences recognized his research about the effects of professional development on student achievement and the National Staff Development Council awarded him the Best Research Award in 2008.
Tienken has authored over 80 publications including book chapters and articles. His new book, with co-author Don Orlich is titled, The School Reform Landscape : Fraud, Myth, and Lies. He presents papers regularly at state, national, international, and private venues. Tienken has ongoing research collaborations with colleagues at the Universita` degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, the University of Catania, Sicily, and he was named as a visiting scholar at both universities.