An Ethic of Excellence

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The new Educational guru of the moment seems to be Ron Berger, author of ‘An Ethic of Excellence’. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his short book, and have taken a lot of inspiration from it. The book opens with Ron describing a pretty tense moment where he was asked to show some of his students’ work at a national conference, and his portfolio momentarily went missing. His panic grew, as he felt that as an ordinary classroom teacher, he wouldn’t be taken seriously, however he believes passionately in the power of the students’ work. When the portfolio was recovered, the audience were blown away to the point of disbelief that young people could produce such polished, mature work.

Ron Berger champions the idea of ‘beautiful’ project work, where students have the opportunity to produce professional quality work that has been honed through the rigor of drafting and re-drafting until it is…

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