Bookmarked Australian curriculum review: strengthened but still a long way from an amazing curriculum for all Australian students (

A greater emphasis on the basics in the curriculum might produce a small bump in test results, but the effects of an impoverished curriculum will be much longer lasting, especially for those students who are most marginalised and disadvantaged.

As such, we need to shift the debate away from one that engages in endless cultural and ideological dispute, or one which focuses on the lowest denominators of basic literacy and numeracy, to one that asks how we can meaningfully ensure that all young people, but especially those least advantaged, have access to an engaging, high-quality and rich curriculum.

Stewart Riddle discusses the push for dumbing down the curriculum and explains that the biggest consequence is in regards to inequality. Riddle also discusses this on the TER Podcast.
Listened TER #139 – Re-Imagining Education for Democracy with Stewart Riddle – 30 Sept 2019 from Teachers’ Education Review

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Stewart Riddle discusses the issue of democracy in education captured in a book Re-imagining Democracy in Education. He suggests that liberalism has been too tilted towards the individual, in a democratic approach every school would be a good school, not just those with the ‘right’ community or outcomes. The challenge is that there are many facets where this plays out, from student strikes to questions around surveillance.

For more on democracy and education, there is going to be another summit on the topic:

Liked Re-imagining education for democracy in these politically troubled times (EduResearch Matters)

I believe the more educators talk about what we see going wrong in education, the more our communities will understand and respond to our concerns. However, it is not simply a matter of talking about what is going wrong; we need to talk about what could happen instead. We need to deeply connect with our communities over our disquiet, hear what they have to say, and build credible alternate visions of education together.

Listened TER #128 – Teachers and Social Media with Stewart Riddle – 17 Feb 2019 from TER Podcast

Dr Stewart Riddle discusses issues facing teachers engaging in social media, and questions the notion of who gets to speak on behalf of teachers.

Stewart Riddle talks about the collapse in dialogue online, especially in regards to solving social problems. He discusses the rise in educelebs, where the focus becomes on the individual, rather than the change at hand. See for example Darcy Moore’s discussion of the ‘cult of John Hattie‘. Riddle questions our understanding of how problematic being on Twitter can be. He discusses @RealPeerReview and the role that serves in fuelling mass criticism. Riddle is mindful of pointing out that this is not that experience of everyone and that there is still an eduTwitter focused on sharing practice and resources. Something captured by Ian Guest. This is another post to the list associated with toxic Twitter.

Stewart Riddle discusses the five steps, which every failing teacher can follow to improve not only their students’ test scores, but also their lives, relationships and financial success:

  1. Focus on the learner
  2. Teach them some stuff
  3. Check that they learnt some stuff
  4. Teach them some more stuff
  5. Enjoy your amazing new successful look

Here’s a testimonal from a ‘real’ teacher:

“I tried Learner-Based-Learning™️ in my classroom and it completely transformed me overnight!”