When governments have adopted quick and simple solutions to complex educational problems, they have usually got it wrong and seem determined to continue doing so. It would be so much easier if schools were factories, created to produce easily measured, standardised products. But they are not. They are full of vibrant, growing, learning human beings, each with individual needs and background experiences.
We have known for well over two decades that the key to improving students' learning is a combination of good teachers using relevant methods. We would be better served by helping teachers to continuously improve the effectiveness of their teaching, rather than focusing on narrow measures of some aspects of student achievement that don't show the whole picture. - Greg Whitby, The Sydney Morning Herald (click below for full text)