Friday, February 29, 2008

The Edukators

"Micromanagement, meddling and a succession of ministerial edicts have killed the spontaneity in the nation's classrooms. Teachers have been stripped of their powers of discretion". In school report speak, Politicians must do less, better.

It's not only primary school teachers who are feeling the effects of constant government interference. With its mindless paperwork, stifling bureaucracy, and restrictive one-size-fits-all thinking, life in FE is not much better these days - less of a challenge than a chore. In the modern education business classroom teaching has become incidental to the collection of artificial achievements and the ticking-off of boxes. If you can't measure learning with a spreadsheet, it just doesn't count any more.

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