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Why England is in the 'guard's van' of school reform

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In this article,  scholar Andy Hargreaves blames the free-market  strategy of 'reform,' for demoralizing teachers and damaging the profession. About half of its schools are now outside local authority control. Like reform here in the US, England offers a business capital model that invests in education to yield short-term profits and keep down costs through shorter training, weakened security and tenure, and keeping salaries low by letting people go before they cost too much While Scotland is in the vanguard of global educational improvement, England is in the guard’s van, at the back. The evidence of high-performing nations such as Canada, Singapore and Finland hasn’t been on its side, and countries like Sweden that followed the free-school business model, and saw their results collapse, are reversing course. Here in the US, its full ahead to  collapsing public education.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side Middle (more...)
 

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