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Nigel Coutts

Valuing and responding to resistance to change - The Learner's Way - 28 views

    Change is something that we fear or embrace. It is widely considered as the one constant in our lives. For education at present we face a deluge of reports that the pace of change shall only accelerate and its scale become more absolute. No wonder then that many teachers feel now is a good time for a move out of the profession. For others the changing face of education is seen as bringing exciting new possibilities wrapped in engaging challenges. Regardless of how reliable predictions for change may prove to be it is worth considering how individuals and groups respond to it.
Steve Ransom

The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests - The Answer Sheet - ... - 7 views

  • focus so narrowly
  • measure only “low level” thinking processes
  • they put the wrong people — test manufacturers — in charge of American education
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  • simplify and trivialize learning
  • allow pass-fail rates to be manipulated by officials for political purposes
  • they provide minimal to no useful feedback
  • unfairly advantage those who can afford test prep
  • lead to neglect of physical conditioning, music, art, and other, non-verbal ways of learning
  • keyed to a deeply flawed curriculum
  • penalize test-takers who think in non-standard ways
  • radically limit their ability to adapt to learner differences
  • encourage use of threats, bribes, and other extrinsic motivators
Charles Youngs

Special Report: Hounduran Teachers Get Shock Treatment - 39 views

    Post-coup regime in Honduras carrying out unprecedented assault on most organized sector of the resistance, the teachers. Government slashes salaries, steals pensions, fires, threatens, jails, and in some cases, murders teachers and union leaders. "Once you accept the unions are the enemy, you can accept the organizations can be destroyed." Reports claims regime leaders got privatization ideas from US.
Mr. Carver

The rise of the Digital Refuseniks - Newspaper Tree El Paso - 0 views

  • re•fuse•nik (n) somebody who refuses to agree to, take part in, or cooperate with something, especially on grounds of principle (informal) Why do I think people are Refuseniks? Let's look at a little history: The first major introduction of computers into the classroom took place, essentially with the introduction of the Apple II-e computer. The Apple II-e was introduced in 1983 and became a staple of campuses around the world. So, in order to keep things simple, let’s just say it was 1985 by the time Apple II-e’s really hit it big in the classroom. So, without too much mathematical calculation going on here, it is not a stretch to say that computers have been in the schools for at least 24 years. A teacher, even with 35 years experience today, will have had 63% of their professional life exposed to computers in their work environment. A teacher with less than 24 years of experience will have not known a school without a computer.
    • Mr. Carver
      That is not necessarily a fair assessment as computers were not in CLASSROOMS. Most schools had a lab where you went to work on the computers they weren't readily available for use.
    Refusenik is a good term for those who refuse to integrate technology. Luddite is another good term.
    Refusenik is a good term for those who refuse to integrate technology. Luddite is another good term.
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