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#freedom2learn

John Thompson recently wrote about autonomy and accountability on Alexander Russo’s This Week in Education blog. These lines struck me: NYC’s leaders knew all along that accountability couldn’t just be a punitive regime. There also had to be high levels of psychological safety for adults to learn — a high level of trust. And: …engineering high … Continue reading

We need more humour in education reform

Education reform, both north of the border where I am in Canada, and south of our border in the Unites States is a very serious business. Everywhere I see the discussion taking place, I see heated conversations and a lot of rhetoric being passed both ways, between those who appear to be driving a very … Continue reading

Rewards: motivating compliance or learning?

I sometimes pretend and say ‘Yay!’ – my 7 y/o daughter explaining how she learned to ‘comply’ in her school Incentive schemes, which are supposed to encourage desired behavior through the use of rewards, or discourage undesirable ones through punishments, are all too familiar to all of us. Probably similarly familiar are the findings that … Continue reading

The future of big box schooling

I recently posted my thoughts on Schooling the World, an important film that takes a look at the value of bringing Western-style education to sustainable indigenous cultures and beyond. I personally — and as I mentioned in my post, it seems Sir Ken Robinson too — believe the film raises many important questions which are … Continue reading

Asking the right questions

|Kelly Tenkely| Today’s #edchat topic for discussion on Twitter was: In a time of cut backs in education for the sake of the economy, should sports and extra curricular clubs take a back seat? Those “extras” we are referring to: the arts and physical activities (sports).  For me, this #edchat topic succinctly summarizes what is … Continue reading

The toll

David suggested I write about charter schools. The best I can offer right now is an ambivalent primer. While I defend charter schools from attack on principle, I don’t promote them as any kind of one-size-fits-all fix for public education. Rather, the value of charter schools lies in their diversity and flexibility to address the … Continue reading

Render Unto Scalability: Here Come the Trust Machines

Is scaling up a matter of philosophy or ritual? Of belief or benediction? Of action or intercession? Does #edreform really have one edge instead of many sides? Many sides that make one edge? Are we on a loop, as well as in a box? Just because both close, is there really no way out? Is … Continue reading

Return on Investment

A few weeks ago, I ran across Educators for Excellence (@Ed4Excellence) and their online campaign to give teachers “an independent voice in the debate surrounding education reform.” This morning I read “Klein Meets With Hired Thugs” on NYC Educator. NYC Educator takes on Educators for Excellence over their funding: [A Gotham Schools article's] “clarification” explained … Continue reading

The new irrelevance, the new nationalism

Technology is neither good nor evil. We are. It doesn’t heal or hurt. We do. It doesn’t connect or sever. We do. It doesn’t teach or learn. We do. We are impatient for change. Technology changes quickly. Therefore, technology is an attractive panacea to the problems of teaching and learning. Let me note that I … Continue reading

Standardizing Democracy-Part 1

The Dark Side Let me be frank. I don’t get excited about standards. I have colleagues that I esteem who think they are vital to a strong educational system and I respect their opinion. And to an extent I get it. Here’s my problem with them. They’re boring, they’re not radically different from anything else … Continue reading

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