The kind of teaching needed today requires teachers to be high-level knowledge workers who constantly advance – their own professional knowledge as well as that of their profession. But people who see themselves as knowledge – workers are not attracted by schools organized like an assembly line, with teachers working as interchangeable widgets in a bureaucratic command-and-control environment. To attract and develop knowledge workers, education systems need to transform the leadership and work organization of their schools to an environment in which professional
norms of management complement bureaucratic and administrative forms of control, with the status, pay, professional autonomy, and the high quality education that go with professional work, and with effective systems of teacher evaluation, with differentiated career paths and career diversity for teachers.
This is from the recent OECD report Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leadersfor the 21st Century – LESSONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. (via @educator – thanks for the link) This has been said before – but it still needs to be heard. It’s system wide change, modelled by government agencies, local authorities and those in positions of leadership that will move us on, nothing more, nothing less.
These thoughts from Seth Godin also resonate with our situation in Scotland we say we want freedom from lock-step prescriptive curricula, but we don’t want to change too much until we know the destination – new exams and assessments. That’s not change – that’s still doing more or less the same stuff in more or less the same way.