‘Post-Truth’ and the Decline of Swedish Education

‘Post-Truth’ and the Decline of Swedish Education
Swedish school system suffers from profound problems with teacher recruitment and retention, knowledge decline, & grade inflation. Problems may be result of school system’s unlikely combination of a postmodern view of truth and knowledge, the ensuing pedagogy of child-centered discovery, & market principles.
Magnus Henrekson and Johan Wennström with an overview of a recent study “‘Post-Truth’ Schooling and Marketized Education: Explaining the Decline in Sweden’s School Quality.” Full copy of study available here. Swedish school system suffers from profound problems with teacher recruitment and retention, knowledge decline, and grade inflation. Absenteeism is high, and psychiatric disorders have risen sharply among Swedish pupils…

White Fragility in Teaching and Education

White Fragility in Teaching and Education: An Interview With Dr. Robin DiAngelo - EdSurge News by https://www.edsurge.com/mary-jo-madda (EdSurge)
Why do white men clam up when conversations steer toward race? Why are white women prone to crying when discussing this topic (and how can those tears ...
An interview with Robin DiAngelo in EdSurge. Why do white men clam up when conversations steer toward race? Why are white women prone to crying when discussing this topic (and how can those tears silence women of color)? Why do some leaders feel uncomfortable and reluctant to get feedback on how their actions and behaviors are perceived?…

Report: Teachers Find Technology Mostly Helpful in Classroom

Report: Teachers Find Technology Mostly Helpful in Classroom
New research suggests that a majority of teachers believe technology is helping them do a better job in the classroom. The research also suggests that many educators are concerned digital devices can cause physical and mental harm to students. All annotations in context. The 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey was published by the website Campus Technology. Of those questioned, 44…

David M. Perry Twitter thread on tech & surveillance in teaching

Thread by @Lollardfish: "Good morning. My theory on technology in the classroom is this: Our choice is between surveillance vs teaching students to use tech well. Ba […]"

More States Opting To ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays By Computer

More States Opting To 'Robo-Grade' Student Essays By Computer
From Weekend Edition on NPR. Annotations in source available here. "Robograders" are on the rise in high stakes testing, and other aspects of our classrooms. Keep in mind this is just an algorithm looking for patterns in student writing. An algorithm isn't magic, it's code (writing) written by people. "The idea is bananas, as far…

Education unfits us for slavery; we need to protect the Department of Education

Education unfits us for slavery; we need to protect the DOE (The Hechinger Report)
Last week, the White House released a proposal to restructure the federal government, featuring a plan to merge the Department of Education and Department of Labor. Black students, whose ancestors’ bodies were once reduced to instruments of labor in slavery, have the most to lose from this politically-driven merger.
Andre Perry in The Hechinger Report: The notion of a governmental reboot seems fair enough. Government bureaucracies that grow over time can be anathema to innovation and efficiency. Technology has challenged the way we engage with all institutions, and the federal government could certainly improve its use of technology to better deliver services. [7/2/2018 3:56…

No literacy, no liberty: We are condemning our children to a future without hope

No literacy, no liberty: We are condemning our children to a future without hope | Opinion (Newsweek)
Democrats and Republicans should be ashamed of our recent education report card.
A good piece highlighting the recent 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test scores. The authors indicate the abysmal performance of U.S. students, while indicating the following: should leave all of us—Democrats and Republicans, wealthy or poor alike—ashamed of how we are condemning our children to a future of economic insecurity and social decay. The…