The learning evolves pyramid is an attempt to develop a logo which summarises my core issues at the moment, something like this:
A creative education that critically evaluates what is fundamental and succeeds for the disadvantaged
This attempts to express that development of one side of policy should not be seen in isolation from other sides of policy. Rather than thinking in terms of polar absolutes the pyramid metaphor is about extracting and combining the best from different sorts of approaches.
eg. some people like to focus on creativity and pay less attention to what is fundamental knowledge or how to succeed with the disadvantaged. Hence they will gravitate to well off schools where students are already advantaged and those nitty gritty issues can be avoided
eg. some people focus on the disadvantaged but might pay less attention to creativity in education because they are focused on measurement (standardised testing) to ensure that the education is succeeding
eg. some people talk about "back to the basics" without seeming to realise that the fundamentals are not set in stone, that learning does evolve. eg. that maths can be learnt in new ways using computers with Scratch, logo etc. It is necessary to bring the fundamentals together with creativity to grasp that they do evolve
eg. with regard to learning theory some people see constructionist approaches (or other discovery or inquiry approaches) as polar opposites to behaviourist approaches, rather than the need to employ both, to walk the walk along a learning styles continuum
We Need Standards Without Standardizing
Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good scho...