November 15, 2012 by brookesprimarypgce
I’m not sure if anybody is familiar with Greg Whitby’s work. Greg is director of a school system in Australia and one a national adviser for digital education. This blog post is particularly interesting – another insight into the perils of a PISA obsessed educational philosophy that exists in a range of developed countries.
A key factor is how PISA dominates politicians views of what a school system should be achieving. However further investigation of the scope of PISA testing quickly exhibits many shortcomings in the nature of the scope and process of testing. Stephen Heppell has an interesting review – http://www.heppell.net/pisa/
Educational systems are complex social entities – with teachers as one of the main drivers for change and improvement. How can ‘attacking a system’ ever be considered appropriate and nurturing talent and capacity ignored?