How your innocent smartphone passes on almost your entire life to the secret service « Bits of Freedom This article was originally written in Dutch by Dimitri Tokmetzis and was published by De Correspondent. Illustrations by Momkai. Ton Siedsma is nervous. He made the decision weeks ago, but keeps postponing it. It’s the 11th of November, a cold autumn evening.
There is a dangerous cult of managerialism in education... I did not comprehend the corrosive influence of the ethos of managerialism on British education until last year, when I came across an advert encouraging university students to opt for a career as a physics teacher. I was expecting the advert to appeal to the undergraduates’ love of the subject of physics and to their aspiration to do some good in the classroom. However the authors of the advert appeared indifferent to winning would-be physics teachers over to the values of their future profession. Instead, it sought to tempt students into the profession by drawing attention to the possibility of earning a high salary. It indicated that those who possessed initiative could become school leaders after a few years in the classroom.
9 Positive Things We Can Accomplish if We Re-Directed Our Resources from War “It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a mater of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry Why school leaders need proper support, not bravery, around workload - NAHT Why school leaders need proper support, not bravery, around workload Not quite sure of the logic of putting out the DfE’s three reports aimed at tackling teacher workload on Easter Saturday, unless it was for the purposes of news management during the union conferences. For a profession where workload is demonstrably a problem, it’s almost provocative to publish recommendations on how to tackle problems on one of those rare weekends when you’d hope everyone’s switched off from work. Recommendations on data management, marking and planning
33 Pictures Taken At The Right Moment We Bored Pandas are huge fans of perfectly timed photos that capture perfect (and usually funny or unexpected) moments that come and go with a blink of the eye. The internet is abound with images shared by people who have captured images at just the right moment or from just the right perspective, so we wanted to share some more of them with you. Anyone with a smart phone, point-and-click camera, DSLR or any other sort of camera can potentially capture such a moment – whether it’s staged or spontaneous. If you’ve ever captured such a photo, share it with us below! Source: reddit (h/t: distractify)
Superheads: the true cost to schools Superheads may lift results when they take over failing schools, but what happens when they leave? Laura McInerney reports “Superheads” recruited to quickly turn around failing schools boost results in the short term but leave schools with plummeting scores and financial black holes when they leave a few years later, a new study shows. Minimiam: Tiny People’s Adventures In The World of Food Thanks! Like us on FB for more awesome posts! Most of us start losing our wild childish imaginations when we grow up, but not Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle. Since 2002, these two professional food photographers (previously written about here) have been shooting a playful series of dioramas called MINIMIAM (“miam” is French for “yum”) that place miniature people in a world of over-sized food. In their dioramas, Javelle and Ida arrange miniature model train figurines in everyday positions and situations that connect playfully with the fruits, vegetables, pastries and other foods that they use in the photographs.
The Importance of Teachers: A collection of essays on teacher recruitment and retention In 2010, the DfE published a White Paper entitled “The Importance of Teaching”. This set out the overall direction of travel for the Coalition government, including recognising the importance of teaching to improving school standards. The title of this essay collection deliberately reflects and builds on this work. For if teaching (the practice) is important, even more so are the people – the teachers. This collection of essays follows a half day conference held by Policy Exchange - also in partnership with the Association of School and College Leaders in October last year on the topic of the future of the teaching workforce – supply, recruitment, retention and deployment.