Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Coming soon to New Zealand!!!

A scene from Coronation Street.Teachers attending a 'Standardisation Day'!!

A combination of a Market Forces ideology and the powerful role of educational technocrats are pushing ahead worldwide with their agenda to provide parents with data ( 'League Tables') to give parents choice  with no understanding of the consequences of destroying diversity, creativity and innovation that such a narrowing of the curriculum involves. Education in the 21stC  is reduced to a reactionary 'Victorian '  emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

This is ironic as the future success of an innovative country requires the school system to develop the divers talents and gifts of all students.

This American article points to the fulfillment of the technocratic dream.

' A new Federal Grant  will expand North Carolina's  digital recording of student academic histories beginning in infancy for some children.

About 49 million of the $70 million 'Race to the Top' grant the Education Department awarded North Carolina will be used to expand to track the progress of younger children.Tracking already is done in a 2-year old database covering more than 1.5 children between kindergarten and 12th grade.

Teachers are also recorded with unique identification number so their performance can be tracked.

Four year olds enrolled in a state kindergarten programme were tracked previously.

State education officials have applied for a $4 million grant that would increase the ability to track students performance into their university or community college careers an even fellow students when they enter the workforce after leaving school.

Tracking  student learning from early years to graduation and beyond is a part of a national trend towards shaping efficient and effective schools based on "good data' instead of anecdotes and feelings and political decisions" said Adam Levitson the State Education official in charge of 'Race to the Top' grant programmes.

North Carolina is one of the half dozen states that share teacher information performance data based on student achievement, with the institutions from which they graduated.

Online trackers also allow parents to see how their children are doing. A system called NC WISE allows parents with an online password to track children's homework, standardized test results and days absent.'

I would suggest the 'officials' make study of Mc Donald's for models of the standardisation agenda or the work of Joseph Stalin's officials in the Soviet Union of the 1930s. Or Adolf Hitler!! No point in reinventing wheels.

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