Saturday, August 18, 2012

Weekly post (weekly)

  • An interesting article, and certainly not without other opinions.

    tags: education

    • "The achievement gap between the U.S. and the world's top-performing countries can be said to be causing the equivalent of a permanent recession," Mr. Hanushek wrote for Education Next.

    • Today we lead the world only in how much we spend per pupil.
    • Far and away the most important factor in student learning is the quality of teachers. If we got rid of just the bottom 5 percent to 7 percent of teachers, that alone would lift our kids to Canadian levels, Mr. Hanushek calculates.

    • Our teachers "do not know anything," according to Terrence Moore, who teaches history at Hillsdale College. That's largely because most have degrees in education rather than in the subjects they teach.

    • "Future teachers are better served by getting good grounding in academic subject matter."
    • Ed schools seem to think knowing stuff isn't important.

    • "If you confront [teachers] with the fact that they, just as their students, can tell you nothing about the first 10 presidents or the use of the gerund, they will blithely respond that it is not so important for them to know things as to know 'how to know things,' " said Mr. Moore.

    • The reform needed is to remove state "certification" requirements. The reason for them, we're told, is to guarantee that only the qualified teach. Their real purpose is to keep the knowledgeable out of the classroom.

    • "Yet these education schools," Mr. Moore points out, "not only do not impart real knowledge of academic subjects; they are actively hostile to it."
    • If instead of being forced to hire the certified, schools were free to hire the qualified, colleges of education would wither away -- and learning would blossom.


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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Weekly post (weekly)

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A Change to an old philosophy?

There was a great quote being bantered around a while back that I really liked - STILL like. It went something like this, "Nobody buys a drill because they need a drill." The unspoken portion implies, of course, that the reason we buy a drill is because we have a need for a hole. We've got a problem in need of a solution.

But, from my experiences with teachers in several school districts, it appears that many times this philosophy gets thrown out the window when it comes to purchasing ipads.