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P.S. to Finland’s Wheel 

Of course, the method described in the previous post also fits in perfectly with the neoliberal idea of replacing 15 highly qualified teachers with 1 unqualified cheap one. 

I’m stunned to see how many of my colleagues are celebrating this horrible idea. Folks, stop forwarding the link to me. There’s nothing here to feel giddy about. 

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3 thoughts on “P.S. to Finland’s Wheel 

  1. Well, society’s done the same in all other industries, professions and occupations, so “why not teaching”?
    I think it’s part of that “automation” mindset that’s taking over everything.

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  2. Stringer bell on said:

    The hypocrisy is stunning. ‘School reform’ people maintain these two positions simultaneously.

    1) Teachers are single-handedly responsible for all student outcomes. Family doesn’t matter, educational funding doesn’t matter, nothing matters.

    That would make them somewhat important, no? But here’s the kicker:

    2) Teachers are also easily disposable. So much so that a 21 year old Teach for America intern (who’s doing this so that she can eventually wax poetic about it in her Harvard MBA application) after 3 months of ‘training’ can be qualified enough to replace actual teachers.

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    • el on said:

      \ Teachers are single-handedly responsible for all student outcomes.

      Teachers are also easily disposable.

      If you read the comments to the article as I unfortunately did, you would see the missing link. Teachers are too spoiled by their unions to agree to innovative teaching methods (projects); only thousands of Teach for America interns may force them to invest in their students. And may be even that will fail. 😦

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