‘If I were education secretary…’ | A Schools Week article with more red herrings than a fishmonger’s shop!
Robert Peal, a history teacher at the West London Free School, makes a series of unsupported allegations, red herrings in fact, about what actually goes on in teacher training and how those who work in teacher education are feeding trainees on a diet of nonsense.
I’m pleased that new teachers are up for shaking the apple tree to see what falls out, and challenging the status quo, but that needs to be done with evidence and not anecdote.
This is how his Opinion piece in the new publication Schools Week begins:
“Over the past few years, there has been a grassroots professional rejection of bogus ideas within education, coupled with a wellspring of enthusiasm for more credible alternatives. New ideas — such as direct instruction, spaced and massed practice, curriculum sequencing, and mastery learning — are gaining popularity amongst certain teachers and schools. However, the 65 universities that provide English teacher training are slow to catch on.”
You can read the full article here.
My response is somewhat longer than his article.