Choice, data, assessments and success…

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  • A wonderfully-witty article on liberty, choice and ranting manifestos about public versus private education. This is no surprise to you but it turns out I’m a bad person. (Thanks @HendrikvanB)
  • Wentworth Miller declines an invitation to be guest of honor at the St Petersberg Film Festival in Russia because he is gay. That’s certainly one way to come out 🙂
  • A NYT article that every academic in an education faculty should read (and every politician for that matter) titled “Guesses and hype give way to data in study of education” [as an aside – this is pretty funny 🙂 )
  • Motshekga announced this week that teacher assessments will go ahead, not that I think my article had anything to do with this, but I did publish an article only one week ago on this exact topic – “Teacher’s can’t teach what they don’t know
  • Quote of the week is by Victor Frankl via BrainPickings: “Don’t aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.

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