Today what is needed, Hood writes, is a system that frees schools, teachers and students to be ‘more creative and innovative’.
|Excellent 'first half'.|
The vision of the much applauded NZC is lost and there is little opportunity ’for students to engage in their own inquiry, research and discovery, never mind pursue their own interest’ and to work in teams to produce ‘personal products of value’.
|Time for new thinking|
Good students to do well, ‘knuckle down, don’t misbehave, don’t complain, don’t challenge, and don’t rock the boat’. In other words 'be disciplined'. Being compliant, Hood writes, doesn't mean being engaged. Those that don’t fit become ‘at risk’ or bored’.
|The factory metaphor for schooling|
David is particularly concerned about how assessment still drives the curriculum with its accompanying harmful effects on teaching and learning and number crunching, league tables and competition between schools.
|Start in your school/class now - there is no better time.|