Bluyonder voices #3 – next generation teachers

In case you haven’t marked it on your calendar, October the 27th is World Teacher’s Day. It is often easy to dismiss these UNESCO events, however Friday is an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution teachers make to the lives of students, their communities and society. As I’ve said before, we have never needed good … More Bluyonder voices #3 – next generation teachers

Underrating students’ capacity to learn

There is sufficient recognition that our current model of schooling underrates students’ ability to learn particularly those who sit outside of the bell curve. All too often the bar is too low or unrealistically high. Those who fail to meet the narrow measures are considered non-academic and thus, not bright. Yet outside in the real … More Underrating students’ capacity to learn

Why conservatism is failing students

I was interviewed for the Weekend Australia (23 September 2017) on a range of issues including the misuse of NAPLAN, the irrelevancy of the Higher School Certificate and the need for a more purposeful and personalised curriculum. Understandably, these views (which are not inconsistent with others championing educational change) were not given the thumbs up … More Why conservatism is failing students

The X-factor

An interesting dichotomy exists in our society between how teachers are represented within traditional forms of media. Film/TV have typically depicted teachers as walking on holy ground having earned the respect and admiration of students particularly those on the margins. Think of To Sir with Love, Dead Poets Society or Goodbye Mr Chips. Then there are the … More The X-factor

The end of efficiency

The industrial model of schooling is characterised by its efficiency of processing children through the system en masse.  That is why the model has been easy to replicate over the decades and why its processes and structures still dominate today.  We have come to rely (almost blindly) on its efficiency at the expense of effectiveness … More The end of efficiency