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Thu, Mar. 24th, 2005 10:34 am
Relativism swings right

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liliski
liliski
Liliski
Thu, Mar. 24th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
Re: Different (Vinegar) Strokes

Indeed. Previously 'left-wing' professions in the West have been utterly choked by the mystical tour de force that is Quality Assurance. Teaching is a good example. Many, like me, got into teaching as a result of failing/being failed by academia. These days the bandages must be wrapped very tight for QA to mummify the thoughtful.

How one can quantify learning, creativity or knowledge is beyond me, but it seems to involve PFI funding of a great many 'workshop' and 'think-tank' initiatives, conducted by individuals with no expertise in these fields, paid £200 per head to spout dubious cobblers about, among others, 'learning styles', 'differentiation', and 'thinking skills'. Millions of pounds of the UK's school education budget are pumped into this industry every year. Meanwhile, clever kids get bored, thick kids get more disturbed and teachers go crazy.

The most twisted aspect of all this is that these initiatives masquerade as precisely the kinds of work that teachers would like to be doing...


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