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
I wonder how many times we need to hear the OECD and Grattan Institute tell us that our education system needs to be performing over and above and not under and below international benchmarks! The link between our declining performance on PISA and teacher quality has been the subject of commentary from educational experts for more than … More What’s wrong with Aussie schools?
I’ve often written that Twitter has been an invaluable professional learning tool for me. We have at our fingertips as Will Richardson says the ability to connect with two billion teachers and that presents unlimited opportunities for collaborative learning. Educators like George Couros and Gary Stager also reflect that it isn’t the tool per se but how teachers use the … More No teacher left behind
It was interesting to read the global response against PISA in the Guardian last week. It follows on from Yong Zhao’s recent blog posts outlining the negative impacts of PISA rankings on education systems and education policy. The open letter from academics called for the 2015 PISA tests to be scrapped. The group expressed their concern at the ‘distorting effect’ PISA … More Should all roads lead to PISA?
John Hattie observed that we often think our profession is defined by autonomy or the ‘let me do it my way approach’. The problem with autonomous practice is that it isn’t informed by data and evidence but by assumptions and ideology. Without looking at student data, we aren’t looking at the reality. I came across … More From I think to we know