With the new academic year (as opposed to the more practically-based actual year) well under way there ought to be lots of interesting education stories for All Change Please! to ridicule, but somehow there doesn’t seem to have been any worth a really serious rant and rave. But, nonetheless, the items that have appeared serve to confirm that, slowly but surely, we are quietly slipping back to the 1950s.
This BBC news item made me wonder: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14927898
After reporting the doubtful results of a survey into the nation’s desire to return to corporal punishment in schools it seamlessly segues into a related education item in which students identify the celebs they would most like to be taught by, such as Stephen Fry, Jamie Oliver, Carol Vorderman and Helen Mirren. Which seems to rather beg the question for a further survey which asks: “Which famous celebrity would you most like to be punished by?”
Meanwhile that naughty Mr Gove has been displaying his thoroughly modern understanding of science education by proposing a return to the study of all three sciences: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/gove-questions-science-curriculum-134032992.html
Can someone please tell him that the three sciences are an entirely artificial academic construct as each are interdependent on the other, and if we are to complete with the way the rest of the world thinks these day, rather than classifying them into separate boxes we need to approach them in an interdisciplinary way? And here’s another interesting response: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/david-docherty/we-need-more-than-separat_b_965704.html
Over the summer the DfE published the required Teaching Standards for September 2012: http://tinyurl.com/43g7zmj (NB. This will directly download a short pdf). It contains all the things you would expect, such as the requirement to promote good progress, demonstrate subject knowledge, plan and teach well-structured lessons, assess regularly and accurately, etc. It’s more what it doesn’t contain that’s worrying, such as to be creative, dynamic and exciting, respect the ideas and capabilities of learners and be willing to learn from them, use support resources and new and emerging educational technologies effectively…
But finally, a long time ago, on a remote planet in a galaxy far, far away, there is a forthcoming educational conference that will actually be addressing the issues of developing appropriate learning experiences for its 21st Century beings. To quote its director: “Moon Base Alpha meets Stanley Kubrick 2001 future-retro with a Ridley Scott Bladerunner twist”. http://twitpic.com/6iyxpu
What is it? LWF12 of course.