Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Although the theoretical perspective drapes over this paper (17 page PDF) like an unwelcome layer of tasteless inpetentrable fondant, the core observations appear to me to be accurate, and the phenomenon being described is real. The author describes "teacher populism" as "wanting to give voice to the ordinary teacher against a liberal educational elite." You've seen it in action if you've seen "a positivistic perspective on educational research... contrasted with the ‘pseudo‐science’—or what is sometimes portrayed as post‐modern or relativist approaches." What's key here is "The emphasis on ‘what works’ or evidence‐based practice is associated with the privatisation of state schools, because schools become more like businesses through emphasising reductive outcomes rather than through educational values." Image: diggit.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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