Any serious effort to put forward an educational idea should be supported by reason or evidence or both, right? Yes, I know that there are plenty of blog posts and newspaper articles that don’t feel this need but I used the term ‘serious’ deliberately. Should we not expect policymakers, bureaucrats and academics to outline a sound basis for their ideas?
Not always. A standard or regulation can bypass any such need. Just point to the statutory or semi-statutory instrument that enforces your view and you are done. No reasoning or evidence required.
Look at the recent furor I provoked when I questioned popular forms of differentiation. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachersrequireteachers to differentiate! The Disability Standards for Education require teachers to differentiate!
It does not matter that I think this last sentence is false when applied to the kinds of differentiation that I criticised. It does not matter…
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