Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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There’s a consultant for that: When school districts are doing too much but can’t help themselves 

There’s a consultant for that: When school districts are doing too much but can’t help themselves  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Consultants can expand a district’s ability to enact change if leaders pay attention to issues of coherence, capacity, and commitment. 
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There is an initiative fatigue. How much really changes? How do we use the pedagogic experiences of teachers within a particular school to help transform what we do? Forget reform. That is shuffling deck chairs on a sinking ship.
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Good enough for my kid?

Good enough for my kid? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Why have schools been so slow to embrace an approach that values preparation for both work and college?
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Too many of the policies that are implemented are done so by those furthest from the classrooms. The result is they understand students as a monolith, rather than as people with stories names.

We have a consultancy and chattering class that has not been a classroom for years, sped through the classroom, and has never been in a classroom telling teachers and parents what is best for their students and children.
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New SAT, but Same Old Problems

New SAT, but Same Old Problems | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
New SAT, but Same Old Problems (The Greenville News) P.L. Thomas, professor of Education, Furman University While South Carolina has joined several states in rejecting Common Core for public school standards and testing, one powerful legacy remains, the revised SAT. An original architect of the Common Core, David Coleman, now heads the College Board and has…
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Standardized tests fail in many ways. They only measure particular types of learning. What happens is the "consultancy class" designs them to meet purposes other than meaningful learning.
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Why Teachers Need To See Themselves as Experts – Jose Vilson – Medium

Why Teachers Need To See Themselves as Experts – Jose Vilson – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I just got back from the NNSTOY Conference in Washington D.C. The conference features some of the most decorated and outspoken teachers in the country. This year’s foci included racial and social…
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"There’s also an underlying imposter syndrome that happens when we get thrown in spaces with folks with more visibility than us (media) and more political power (policymakers, administrators) and we’re asked to give the totality of a given subject when we’re not prepped for such an event."

Teachers answer to a consultancy class. To be a teacher and to teach, means to learn and grow.
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Better tests don't lead to better teaching, study finds - The Hechinger Report

Better tests don't lead to better teaching, study finds - The Hechinger Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Ever since the federal government mandated annual testing for U.S. public school children in 2001, educators (and parents) have fretted over whether too much class time has been allocated to drilling and preparing students for standardized tests. Unfortunately, there’s very little research on test prep and its effect on teaching quality. Teaching quality is a …
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When we trust teachers to be responsible and autonomous professionals, we can do away with mandated high stakes testing.
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Why Education Will Never Allow You To Shake Things Up

Why Education Will Never Allow You To Shake Things Up | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Prof. Karen Arnold in her book, Lives of Promise: What Becomes of High School Valedictorians , profiles 81 high school valedictorians, utilizing well over 11,000 pages of interview transcripts…
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School is not to be conflated with education. John Dewey proposed that school is a formal part of education and living.

School and those who design and maintain it are about conformity and compliacne, learning to play by the rules. In that sense, those who run schools, including teachers, administrators, policy-makers, politicians, business people, etc. have little interest in seeing it change.
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Colorado education officials hope these three ideas will reverse the state teacher shortage

Colorado education officials hope these three ideas will reverse the state teacher shortage | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The state departments of education and higher education must complete a strategic plan to curb the teacher shortage by December.
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This is a growing and universal issue. The province of BC is short hundreds of teachers going into their school year. I think the challenges are multiple, including poor preparation, lack of teacher voice, and a consultancy class that thinks they understand what is happening in classrooms.
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Education Readings July 28th

Education Readings July 28th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz Clay in school ‘Primary-school children find clay a wonderfully tactile medium to tell their stories. The manipulation of clay has a universal fascination for children. When given a tennis-ball sized piece of clay they immediately…
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Two links that stood out for me were the article about how schools don't educate and how technocrats are killing creativity.

About the first one, I enjoy John Taylor Gatto's writing about school. I try not to conflate school and educating. School can educate. When school educates, John Dewey proposed it does so in a formal way. When school does a poor job, it indoctrinates and orders people.

About the second one, we have created a consultancy class for schools. There is always an expert who will solve our problems. Quite often, these experts are only experts in a technical sense. They have not been in classrooms or, if they were, they were not there long or have not been there for years.
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