Poems of the PhD 2

Teachers, are you a subject of the market? Ready to run away from responsibility At the slightest sign of something you don’t agree with? Or resilient? Getting through the tough times And knowing there will be more. But I wonder Do your superiors Or your school Or the corporation Feel that same way towards you?…

Should we rank schools?

Experiment: Finding the reality behind an argument A colleague recently shared this article about the disagreements about ranking secondary schools in Finland. The prevailing discourse in the US, the UK, and in many parts of the world is that ranking schools is a way to ensure that all schools are excellent. The idea is that competition would…

Why is business interested in education?

Experiment: Explore causation where there may be none. I keep coming back to a single question; What is the motivation for businesses to become involved in education? If you’re not convinced that education is moving out of the hands of government and into the hands of business, I highly recommend this book. There are two answers that…

The Pawn Teacher

Experiment: Synthesize a few different pieces of literature In current systems of accountability and appraisal, teachers are usually the focus. We ensure that standards are clear for teachers, that curriculum is aligned, and that expectations are high. These accountability measures come from state agencies or legislation which assume a sort of “inputs” and “outputs” model.…