This from the NZ Herald editorial over the weekend.
Everyone is an expert when it comes to education...
In education matters, as any teacher will tell you, everyone's an expert. We all went to school; we know what worked for us and we are easily persuaded that we know what works for everyone.
This assumption of universal expertise does not, oddly enough, extend to such fields as dentistry and automotive mechanics: no one claims that their experience of driving a car or chewing confers any sort of specialist authority. But teachers can be sure that they will never want for the advice of others.
and of course this is an Auckland paper so Prof John Hattie is quoted, :-)
Professor John Hattie, who has won international recognition for his work on student achievement, says the Government's new standards regime looks like a backwards step. Hattie's 15-year study on assessment, published last year, was described as education's "Holy Grail" in the authoritative Times Educational Supplement in Britain and was praised by Anne Tolley. But he has condemned the planned changes as "going back 50 years" and expressed concern that they will force teachers to teach children according to their school year, rather than their ability level.
the best is saved for the last two paragraphs...
It's worth remembering that only two years ago the Education Review Office found that primary schools used assessment information well in 80 per cent of cases for reading and writing and 75 per cent for maths. In short, there is no assessment crisis. What is more, the evidence is that a system incentivising assessment will improve scores, without necessarily improving achievement.
The unpalatable truth which does not fit with National's ideology is that there is an achievement crisis. And under-achievement is correlated with socio-economic status, which is reliably correlated with ethnicity. This approach is like fixing a leaking tap by putting a leaking bucket under it and measuring the amount of water that's being lost.