Institutionalization of mediocrity?
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
One of the reasons I like the Eduwonk blog so
much is that Andy Rotherham doesn't pull any punches. I may not always agree
with what he says, but he dares to speak his mind. For example, in a recent post he
says that K-12 education
'is a culture that accepts and institutionalizes
and that there is a
'chronic lack of emphasis on effectiveness and
performance at every step along a teacher's value chain from preparation,
recruitment, hiring, induction, mentoring and support, and professional
development to evaluation and compensation.'
He goes on to say that
'talented people don't want to work in places that aren't talent sensitive
and this creates an adverse selection problem that reinforces these problems.
[Also,] current practices make this even worse in practice ... and credentialing
rules, which often have little connection to research, further limit the pool of
would be or could be teachers.'
post is hereand includes some interesting links to other sources. What do you
think of Andy's comments? Is he off-base or right on the money?
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.
- The study measured the stiffness of blood vessels in middle-aged patients over time.
- Stiff blood vessels can lead to the destruction of delicate blood vessels in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
- The scans could someday become a widely used tool to identify people at high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.
When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.
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