Democratic Education, Linda Darling-Hammond

The Service of Democratic Education Linda Darling-Hammond May 21, 2011 At the commencement ceremony for Columbia University’s Teachers College on May 18, Stanford education professor Linda Darling-Hammond—a nationally renowned leader in education reform and former education adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign—was awarded the Teachers College medal for distinguished service. Professor Darling-Hammond marked the occasion […]

Teachers Fight Back

The anger around the takeover of public education by corporate interests in America, and the use of standardized tests to measure the value of students and teachers has reached boiling point. The purpose of education has been hijacked by those who believe in a ‘bottom line’, and the teachers are justifiably furious. Mr. Duncan, I […]

Standardized Tests

Teachers who blame students for being bored is the equivalent to yelling at the hammer after you strike your own thumb.   Diane Ravitch says: Be careful Canada (and Australia!) I know many Canadian educators who are rightfully sceptical of the debacle that is American Education Reform. We should not be too quick to dismiss […]


© Julie Boyd ‘And then I was hit on the head by a paper bomb that had been thrown at me…and one kid was so rude! Then she said I’d only told her off because she was black. I didn’t even notice her colour- just that she was the rudest young woman I’d ever met.’ […]


(C) Julie Boyd jboydedu(at) In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists Eric Hoffer It is my blessing these days to be able to walk morning and evening on a beautiful beach. Every day is different with new […]

Pedagogy: Beyond E-Learning The six R’s of Teaching for Effective Learning

©JULIE BOYD Introduction Teachers are now being told that E-Learning is way of the future. Adaptable teachers will be excited by new and creative ways to use technology effectively, and by the promise of unlimited possibilities. This does need to be balanced by the premise that the role of schools is to effectively integrate students […]

Why Bill Gates (and Christopher Pyne) are Wrong

Bill Gates in his Washington Post article,  How Teacher Development Could Revolutionize Our Schools suggests that one approach is to get more students in front of top teachers by identifying the top 25 percent of teachers and asking them to take on four or five more students. Part of the savings could then be […]

Schools As Collaborative Learning Communities

SCHOOLS AS COLLABORATIVE LEARNING COMMUNITIES © Julie Boyd 2010 (updated from an original 1993 article) Taken individually, each concept in the phrase “collaborative learning community” has incredible power and together, there is a synergy, a revolutionary force that we are only just beginning to recognize in schools. The school pictured above has given way to […]

The Privatisation of Education

As Diane Ravitch tweeted this morning- a sad day for educational reformers. Article from the UK Guardian discusses the abrupt departure of the New York schools chancellor is only a temporary setback for the corporate ‘reform’ of public schools. Former Hearst executive Cathleen Black who has just resigned from her post as <a href="“>New York […]

The Future of Cooperative Learning

To download complete article click here: ##The Future of Cooperative Learning (D4 (C) Julie Boyd 2011 In a time of accelerated and massive change, when conventional resources are quickly being depleted, cooperative effort is needed to navigate the “rapids of change.” ABSTRACT The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. Bertrand Russell Cooperative Learning […]