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The Madness of Standardisation in Learning

In contrast to a recent post regarding project based learning, here is an article from the Guardian exploring what teachers and students are enduring in the standardised testing regime currently in place in England: Primary school children lose marks in Sats tests for misshapen commas | The Guardian

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Dazed and confused much of the time but convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans.

One comment on “The Madness of Standardisation in Learning

  1. 4c3d
    August 9, 2017

    What irks me is the form or degree of transparency of the question. If it required the pupil to follow a certain convention then it should say this in the question or at least make it clear in the rubric. For example, the instruction “To show you understand clap your hands”. And the response “Sorry for those who clapped the right hand on left you obviously don’t understand and for those who clapped the left hand on right well done, you obviously understand.” Now try and explain that to those who clapped their hands. What students will learn from this is nothing short of fear and miss-trust. A fear to try in case they are wrong or unaware of some mysterious rule and miss-trust of those teaching them. I can see an opportunity though for the design and use of punctuation templates of the type you use to draw shapes with – now that is standardisation!

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