Friday, August 31, 2012
Educational Readings: Diane Ravitch, David Wenmoth,
By Allan Alach
Hard to beat this item on Diane Ravitch’s blog as a great introduction to this week’s readings:
‘There have been many times in history when the evidence and discoveries by researchers and scientists (such as Galileo and Darwin) was suppressed by those in power. This is one of those times.
The peer-reviewed unbiased research in biology, neuroscience, education, and social science corroborates a humanistic, child-centered, constructive approach to how we raise and educate our children. It’s amazing how the biological research into the workings of the brain supports the research from education and social science. Many of us know that there is already evidence that tells us to do the opposite of what the laws and policies require.
Someday people will look back and ask, “How could a society have done that to their children when they knew better?”
Diane Ravitch’s blog will be there, in archive, to tell the future how it happened. Thank you Diane.’
I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s homework!
Finding the Genius in Every Child
Self explanatory, except for politicians and other school ‘deformers.’
Being a profession?
New Zealand educator, e-learning specialist, and blogger Derek Wenmoth offers valuable commentaries in his blog. Here’s an example, commenting on the seemingly endless discussions and policies on teacher professionalism.
‘This debate has been around for a long time and never seems to be fully resolved, and may never be as long as we have a situation where teachers and teaching is subject to so much direct political influence and interference. There is hardly a day goes by when we don't see teachers and/or teaching represented in a negative light by the media who seldom waste an opportunity to position teachers as "a problem to be fixed."’
The Great Interactive Whiteboard Swindle…a 70s themed post!
Yes indeed, came to the same conclusion when I investigated IWB for a sabbatical project.
New Forms of Assessment: measuring what you contribute rather than what you collect
Can’t see the deformers buying into this, therefore is must be good…..
Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education
This article dates back to 2009, but that doesn’t affect its relevance. Health warning to GERM laden deformers …. read at peril of having your prejudices challenged.
“We can use all the euphemisms we want, but the literal truth is that schools, as they generally exist in the United States and other modern countries, are prisons.”
Want to Kill Student Curiosity in 12 Easy Steps?
Why Scotland's approach to publicly funded education works
Can we import some Scottish politicians? Seems that they are immune from GERMs.
The People Holding Us Accountable Should Be Held Accountable Themselves.
Sounds like a reasonable proposition to me.