Teaching is complex work that is difficult to rationalize from afar

A Nation Still At Risk: How We Can Fix Our Schools
Steve Denning

Today, apart from a few core skills like reading, writing, math, thinking, imagining and creating, we cannot know what knowledge or skills will be needed when young Freddie or tiny Janet grows up.

What would “organizational processes that govern the work where it is going to be carried out” look like in a world aimed at creating a capacity for lifelong learning?
Mr. Mehta’s book offers scant treatment of what they would look like.
Yet we know from other work in Agile software development and radical management what they would look like.

Values: There needs to be shift from a focus on economic value and efficiency to the values that are relevant to coping with rapid change and complexity: transparency, continuous improvement and sustainability.

Respecting Goodhart’s law: The current focus on testing has tended to make test results the goal of the system, rather than a measure.
The change in goal means recognizing that a test is only measure.
Using tests as the goal infringes Goodhart’s Law: when measure becomes the goal, it ceases to be an effective measure. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodhart%27s_law

Every other sector of the economy is being disrupted by information technology. In education, the disruption is just beginning *.

we now know what to do. Unlike many ideas now being pursued in education, the shift doesn’t require years of research or vast funding. It doesn’t involve reinventing the wheel. Thousands of Montessori schools have been on this track for many years, with extraordinary results.

Question for research: How complex is K-12 education?

* July 1, 2013

How hard is teaching?
Giving a presentation to NASA about how the thermal protection system of a spacecraft is connected to its primary structure is a cakewalk compared to …

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