UK Education: The debate current politicians of all parties are not having. Part ii

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/nov/26/secret-teacher-africa-is-teaching-me-how-flawed-british-education

MrHistory 26 Nov 2016
Excellent article.
The main problem is the introduction of management techniques into teaching. The obsession with data and spread sheets is a symptom of this. Flawed ideas about “productivity” and delivering “results” is driving change, but kids aren’t widgets and teachers aren’t production line operators, we deal with human beings.
leaving teaching this year…..

nobrandloyalty -> MrHistory 26 Nov 2016
Education, NHS, and similar organisations have been a magnet for people who actually have no skill in managing people, or any animate being; primarily because those in charge have no managerial skills of their own and appoint in their own image but weaker (so they themselves aren’t directly threatened).

The reduction of “manager” & “managing” in this context has been inevitable. It is only by the inanimation of the people being “managed” that such corrosively incompetent “managers” can survive and propagate – unfortunately much of the public-facing Govt Depts are staffed in the same way.

Ziontrain 26 Nov 2016
Interesting the part about Technology. Technology in the class is overrated. Most important is small class size, good creative curriculum and mutual respect between teacher and student.

Ricardo111 – > Ziontrain 26 Nov 2016
I work in Tech. Very senior, expert in creating advanced technology solutions, close to the cutting edge.

I can tell you that the most important thing in human systems are PEOPLE. Not the Tech. The tech is only a tool, supposed to be there to serve people, not the other way around.

Sadly most of the uses of Tech inside organisations out there are ill fitted to people and require people to adjust to the tech, not the other way around. Worse, there is a completely undeserved, almost religious trust in the tech (beautifully illustrated in the “Computer says no!” sketch of Little Britain) which fails to take in account that all technology is completely dumb and does what it has been created and configured to do, nothing more, nothing less.

People need to let go of this subservience of tech and general assumption that newer is better.

reggiedixon 26 Nov 2016
Every idiotic process-driven managerial wonk in this country ought to be made to read this, the snag is they wouldn’t understand what it says and instead would come up with something like African-themed “stand-ups”.

Peter Dunkley 26 Nov 2016
I have a friend who teaches in China who tells much the same story. We appear to have a ludicrously badly managed and over prescriptive (politicised) system together with an underlying ethos amongst poor white (mostly) parents that school is a waste of time. My friend says the kids in China are like sponges.

Support your local teachers because they’re having it very, very tough at the moment.

steavey 26 Nov 2016
State education in the UK has been a disaster. It should be abolished and replaced with good independent schools straight away, especially, as the UK enters the most turbulent economic period since the last disastrous Labour government was in power.

KingPenguin – > steavey 26 Nov 2016
You do realise that academies are basically independent businesses that are funded by the tax payer. It’s not the funding of schools that’s the problem. It’s the non-stop tinkering by idiot politicians and empire building of little Napoleans who have no idea of what they’re doing that’s the source of the problem. Well, all that and the fact that the whole system is geared to pumping out hoards of brain dead consumers to fuel the purchase of pointless wank that powers our slave, sorry consumer based economy, but that’s another story. That and the social conditioning anyway.

baldas 26 Nov 2016
These sorts of pressures put upon our professionals (doctors, nurses, teachers etc) are the very things destroying our infrastructure. They keep our beloved professionals from doing the very job they are under-paid to perform. It is no wonder that our teachers and doctors and nurses are leaving to work abroad. The very policies and targets that successive administrations impose are the very things destroying the schools and the NHS.

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