Sir Ken Robinson has the most popular TED talk - Do schools kill creativity?
I have been to a number of Schools throughout Australia and every one of them has shown the talk to its staff.
other significant people are arguing for similar changes in relation to Mathematics teaching. Notably, Conrad Wolfram arguing for a more realistic and practical teaching of mathematics.
Also, Dan Meyer, in his talk, “Math class needs a makeover” supports Wolfram’s contention.
Others like talk about the demoralizing effect of standardized testing and he argues for more positive assessment procedures in order to motivate students.
yet I have not heard of any Schools, particularly at Senior levels, actually making the changes that Robertson suggests.
The key question is WHY?
“What gets measured gets managed.”
as they usually test just facts and knowledge, often in obscure scenarios.
The comparative appeal of standardized tests is easy to see: they are relatively inexpensive to administer; can be mandated relatively easily; can be rapidly implemented; and deliver clear, visible results. However, relying only on standardized tests simply dodges the complicated questions of what tests actually measure and of how schools and students react when tests are the sole yardstick of performance.”