Do we actually want to close the achievement gap?

Ewan McIntosh,, May 19, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm not sure exactly what the "achievement gap" is supposed to be - if I look at my life, do I have an "achievement gap" with respect to Jose Bautista? Or Twitter newb Barack Obama? Having said that, I'm generally in agreement with Brian Boyd's suggestions as summarized by Ewan McIntosh (quoted):

  • remove the traditional, and non-sensical academic/vocational divide
  • start from the ground up, in the early years
  • (stop streaming)... there is no research that supports setting
  • teachers must have opportunities to talk about learning and teaching
  • cooperation instead of competition between departments, school types, ages, stages, and sectors

I would also argue, with McIntosh, that collaboration with business to support education - especially primary education - is fraught with risk.


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