TTT Episode 61: Literacy and Numeracy All for Infants and the Downsides to Teaching to the Test

This week Pete (@mr_van_w) talks about Malcolm Roberts' idea to restrict K-3 teaching to cover only Literacy/English and Maths/Numeracy. By his reasoning, these concepts are mostly interchangable and isolated to any context. Pete has other thoughts.

 

John (@jfcatto) looks at the difference between item teaching and curriculum teaching. Apparently one is good for students learning and the other raises school results. Unsurprisingly, Pete thinks that  one of these is more important than the other. 

 

Pete: Malcolm Roberts Academic Review 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/gonski-academic-review-a-turning-point-in-australian-education/news-story/cd55f77d7c6c0783393b6e3cfeb53286 

 

John: Why Teaching to the Test is Educational Malpractice - Steven Singer

https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2016/11/03/why-teaching-to-the-test-is-educational-malpractice/ 

http://teacherstalkingteaching.libsyn.com/ttt-episode-61-literacy-and-numeracy-all-for-infants-and-the-downsides-to-teaching-to-the-test