Source: The Telegraph
By Rosa Prince, Online Political Editor
Michael Gove has told MPs that the new English Baccalaureate to be introduced as a replacement for the GCSE will stop the 'dumbing down' of secondary education.
Outlining details of the new qualification in the House of Commons, the Education Secretary confirmed that the exam, based on O-Levels, would be more rigorous than GCSEs, which he said led to a "race to the bottom".
"Today marks the next stage in radical exam reform to equip children for the 21st Century ... and to allow us to compete," Mr Gove went on.
"GCSEs were conceived and devised at a different time, for a different world. The old model, the '80s model, is no longer right for now.
"It is time for the race to the bottom to end. We believe it is time to tackle grade inflation and dumbing down. We believe it is time to raise aspirations and restore rigour.
"Some will argue that more rigorous qualifications ... will inevitably lead to more students failing.
"An international education must go well beyond the provision of information and is involved in the development of attitudes and values which transcend barriers of race, class, religion, gender or politics." -International Baccalaureate Organization Subject Guide (1996).
It is my belief that any education that does not unite the nations of the world in a common endeavour is a relic of the past century. A common sense of sharing the responsibility, equally, for the welfare of the planet, globally, is needed more than ever today.
Finally, I can only say one thing: The IB program is a positive way forward for any education system in crisis, any education system that desires quality, any education system that aspires to excellence, any education system that wishes to educate its citizens in the image of the twenty-first century, rather than the past century...
Publication Date: mar 04 2012
ISBN/EAN13: 1470178729 / 9781470178727
Page Count: 88
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Color: Full Color
Related Categories: Education / Professional Development
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Don't feel bad about that. That's life, and for the majority of us mortals, we work for a living in a world that will not let us simply employ our time in any pursuit. We have to be selective, to be balanced with the way in which we invest our time. Families, friends, hobbies, rest & relaxation demand an equal share of the 24 hour clock. So, if we can't participate in a MOOC, that leaves option two available.
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My #CCK11 Experience
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Stephen: "On Jan. 17 George Siemens and I will launch the third offering of our online course called 'Connectivism and Connective Knowledge' - or CCK11. We use the term 'connectivism' to describe a network-based pedagogy. The course itself uses connectivist principles and is therefore an instantiation of the philosophy of teaching and learning we both espouse." This book is the result of my participation in the #CCK11 course...
The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.
It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.
I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.
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I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.
He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.
Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.
Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty six (46) books overall.
The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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