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Pssst…Mark, it’s me again.

Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘donation’ is not charitable (literally NOT a charity) and involves, yet again, someone with the most money using that wealth to influence the path of education with no say from the parents of those students who will be on the receiving end of yet more experimental reforms.

Whatever happened to democracy, I wonder?

Save Maine Schools

Dear Mark,

First – my sincerest congratulations on the birth of your baby girl.  My son (now sleeping in my arms and making typing a bit difficult) was born just over a year ago, so I know quite well the wonder and fatigue of those first few weeks. I hope you and your wife have gotten some sleep since you’ve been home, and if you haven’t – don’t worry, it’ll get better soon.

When you get a chance to come up for air from your new life with little Max, I have another letter for you to read. (I say “another” because, if you’ve not yet seen it, I wrote you  this letter  a few weeks ago.)

Mark, without question, you said many lovely things in your open letter to your daughter. I know that you – like all parents – truly want this world to be a better place…

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Education Council makes a sterling start. #Tui

Education Council - not off to a good start

Oh dear. The Education Council’s promise to deal with the hard issues like tightening security around teacher registration appears to have given way to bashing teachers about their IT competence.

As PPTA noted in its piece, Education Council and the deficit model of teachers: “On cue, the organisation that is supposed to be about teachers lets the government off the hook for the digital divide and ends up blaming schools and teachers for unpreparedness around ICT.”

Indeed.

Rather than pointing out that some teachers know more than others about IT, and that some schools have better equipment than others, Teachers Council might better use its energy to push for fully-funded, good  quality professional development undertaken in teachers’ normal work hours.

Or are we again expected to find the money and time ourselves? Should we do the tech stuff before or after the additional maths studying NZI wants from us?  Before or after all the sports and cultural activities teachers support unpaid?

Teachers don’t want the Education Council to spend its time pointing out the obvious – that there are differences in knowledge and application of skills.  We want practical solutions and support.

I know the Education Council is starting on the back-foot. Many teachers feel it was imposed on them and that it doesn’t represent them. So it has work to do to get people onside, and this is not a great start.

Neither was it a great start when Education Council sent a snarky Tweet  pointing out a spelling error I’d made and completely ignored the actual issue I had raised. This is worrying. Members of the Education Council themselves send Tweets with errors in – it happens, get over it. A wise educator would ignore the typo and focus on the points being debated.

What a very poor example to set.

Round of applause, Education Council – what a sterling start.

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Sources and further reading

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/tech-in-classrooms-prompts-teacher-training-2015070416#axzz3fFKA2IHl

http://www.ppta.org.nz/resources/ppta-blog/education-council-and-the-deficit-model-of-teachers

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