What Are Our Kids Learning From Politicians – Time To Wake Up to Ourselves Before Someone Gets Hurt

(C) Julie Boyd Back in the 1600s, the witchhunts of Salem saw innocent women burned at the stake because of the misinformation which had been spread. We need to ask ourselves what is different now – other than the fact that radio waves, national newspapers and social media now replace the town criers. When Tony […]

Cooperative Learning – A Societal Driver for the Future

Published in COOPERATIVE LEARNING, PEDAGOGY, POLICY AND PRACTICE. University of Queensland 2010 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 is one of the […]

WHAT LIES BENEATH- What Price the Future of Education in Australia

WHAT LIES BENEATH- What Price the Future of Education in Australia (C)Julie Boyd 2011 Where are we headed with our education system? This is not a new question, indeed it is one I would hope that educators ask themselves every day. However with the advent of a national curriculum and discussion about merit pay for […]

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 […]

Five myths about America’s schools

Five myths about America’s schools By Paul Farhi, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-americas-schools/2011/05/09/AFunW27G_story.html The end of the school year and the layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers are bringing more attention to reformers’ calls to remake public schools. Today’s school reform movement conflates the motivations and agendas of politicians seeking reelection, religious figures looking to spread the faith […]

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 […]

Bill Gates really has bought control of US education

Tweet by DianeRavitch Bill Gates really has bought control of US education: http://t.co/ Not only in America, Microsoft also plays a large part in education departments and professional development in Australia! Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates By Guest SAM DILLON Published: May 21, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS — A handful of outspoken teachers helped persuade state […]

Teachers are biggest single profession in Finlands new parliament. 16 educators.

So What is It about Finland’s Schools? Big question — and it’s probably a big answer. But several days ago, Swiss educator, Vicky Loras started a conversation with Finnish School Principal Esa Kukkasniemi. You can read the entire interview here in her blog as well as opportunities for you to talk with educators in Finland. […]

Powerful indictment of standardization from the kids themselves

Twitter comment from SirKenRobinson Powerful indictment of standardization from the kids themselves http://is.gd/xUm5ba

Bad teachers need to be fired without making good teachers feel endangered and abused.

Terrific commentary on a good teachers experience with a bad system By  guest writer JENNIFER MATHIEU BLESSINGTON I started working for the Houston Independent School District in 2005. Teaching was not my first career, but almost instantly, I knew I had found the job I would do for the rest of my life. The best […]