The Avalanche That Hasn't Happened

David Kernohan, Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week, Nov 07, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I watched this video Thursday evening and I an't do much better than to reprint George Siemens's glowing summary: "David Kernohan delivered an stunning presentation at the Open Education conference: The Avalanche that Hasn’t Happened. He provides a critical evaluation of the testing/evaluation narrative in education. It is the best take down that I have seen of the dominant trends of for-profit, testing, and deliverology (honestly, that’s a word) impacting education. This video (below) needs to be shared broadly, particularly with leaders in the education sector. This is an impressive and valuable documentary." In particular, Kernohan delivers a scathing refutation and denouncement of the work of British education consultant Michael Barber. Resources and citations for the video are available here.

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