Will Australia and New Zealand Succumb to GERM?

Australian readers may find this very interesting in the light of my blog posted today – “Don’t Forget the Kids”.

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Australia and New Zealand are in the cross-hairs of the privatization movement. New Zealand is fighting back.

You will like the table in this link comparing GERM principles to principles of learning.

In the left cell is testing; in the right is education.
In the left is New York origin; in the right is Finland model.
In the left is standardize; in the right is customize.
And so on.

GERM, you may recall, is an acronym for the Global Education Reform Movement, which thrives on testing, accountability, competition, punishment, and choice. Choice=privatization, which may be the reason for all the preceding steps. Pasi Sahlberg of Finland created the GERM metaphor in his valuable book, “Finnish Lessons.”

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