Are we going down the right path?

Do we know we are on the right path?

Do we know we are on the right path?

Today I listened to a talk by Linda Darling-Hammond on The Flat World and Education.  A fairly long presentation about the future of education and schooling, what we are doing now and what we can be doing to make a difference for all students.

Darling-Hammond talks much about the systems in the US and draws comparisons and contrasts with other countries around the world, including places like Finland, Singapore and even Australia.

It is a very interesting view of the efforts of the US to ‘leave no child behind’ and how the strategies and programs that have been put into place have not worked.  Once again the notion of teaching to the test is addressed and arguments to why these national tests are not working and are certainly not inclusive of everyone as a learner.

So I wonder then, are we making the right choices as a nation about the future of our education and schooling policies?  What are the lessons we can learn from the mistakes of others, the successes of some and the experiences of all?  Do we as an education system look towards long term policies that build capacity and hope for all our students?  Do we have the skills and the know-how to not only know what is important for the future of education, but also know how to create the systems and conditions for this to happen?

Here is a direct link to the talk by Linda Darling-Hammond, and thank you to Greg Whitby for placing it as a link on Twitter today.

As a leader in a school, what I am doing to make a difference?

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