Education is…

Radio… like education

Radio used to have DJs who found interesting, exciting songs to play. They would search out great new bands making music that was pushing the boundaries and they would share it with us, the listeners.  They were free to make their own choices, free to play what they liked giving us, the listeners, a chance to hear a whole world of new sounds we would struggle to hear elsewhere.

Radio is now run by programme controllers who choose the music the DJs will play. They meet to listen to music themselves and compile playlists of songs they think the listener should hear. The diet of music on the radio these days is narrow. Choice is limited to music that comes up on the pre agreed playlist, a playlist put together by the panel who are supposed to be the arbitors of public taste.  If DJs listening figures drop, there are concerns. The DJ might be moved to a different slot or the show axed.

Education is a little like radio. These days teachers are told what to teach. The content is agreed centrally and judgement made to a set criteria that leaves little room for differences and unique character.  If you stray from the centrally agreed agenda, if you scores drop in those narrow fields in which you are measured, you would worry about your position.

Education, like radio needs to take back its autonomy  used to beTeachers used to plan exciting and enjoyable learning experiences, searching out things they believed would make their lessons more memorable.  Learners would benefit from unique and original ideas, from passionate practitioners free to be creative in a creative and highly regarded profession.
Radio used to have DJs who found interesting, exciting songs to play. They would search out great new bands making music that was pushing the boundaries and they would share it with us, the listeners.  They were free to make their own choices, free to play what they liked giving us, the listeners, a chance to hear a whole world of new sounds we would struggle to hear elsewhere.

Radio is now run by programme controllers who choose the music the DJs will play. They meet to listen to music themselves and compile playlists of songs they think the listener should hear. The diet of music on the radio these days is narrow. Choice is limited to music that comes up on the pre agreed playlist, a playlist put together by the panel who are supposed to be the arbitors of public taste.  If DJs listening figures drop, there are concerns. The DJ might be moved to a different slot or the show axed.

Education is a little like radio. These days teachers are told what to teach. The content is agreed centrally and judgement made to a set criteria that leaves little room for differences and unique character.  If you stray from the centrally agreed agenda, if you scores drop in those narrow fields in which you are measured, you would worry about your position.

Education, like radio needs to take back its autonomy. Teachers used to plan exciting and enjoyable learning experiences, searching out things they believed would make their lessons more memorable.  Learners would benefit from unique and original ideas, from passionate practitioners free to be creative in a creative and highly regarded profession.

Is education, like radio destined to remain a centrally controlled business where politicians-who believe they know more than the teachers themselves-make all the decisions?

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