By Arthur Camins @ The Huffington Post.com
This article offers a intelligent list of factors that are well-known positive and productive areas for quality results in education. Decades of varied research support the points, yet somehow we see policymakers continually ignore the evidence in favor of potential windfalls of money from a number of possible angles, what they think voters want to hear, and cooked up superficial answers parading as good ideas.
To teachers, administrators and parents these may seem like the dark days on the eve of destruction of public education. Indeed, from draconian budget cuts to school closings, from competition for students from private fund-enhanced charter schools to maniacal focus on test scores, from flawed measures of teacher performance to attacks on teacher professionalism, public schooling as a collective good is under siege. These threats are especially ironic and unconscionable because we now know more about teaching, learning and effective change than ever before. So, it is the age of wisdom, light and hope because our knowledge grows and deepens. But it is also the age of foolishness, darkness and despair because ignorance and selfishness have prevailed over knowledge and evidence.
This is the precursor to Camins’ list, which includes major factors, such as: Integration, Expertise, Motivation, Poverty, Assessment, Emotion, Engagement, and Collaboration. It is such a good list worthy of consideration. While the explanations for each item are good, staying simple and direct, I wish they were well sourced and linked. That would have made this piece an even better read, networked to sources and support.