Well, ok, ACARA didn’t start it. But still, it’s funny.
Last week, on 25 November, the Centre for Independent Studies posted an “analysis paper”, Failing to teach the teacher: An analysis of mathematics Initial Teacher Education. By “CIS Research Fellow” Glenn Fahey and two guys from something called Shaping Minds, the paper hammers education faculties’ emphasis on constructivist methods at the expense of explicit teaching. The paper, which Greg Ashman discusses a little here, is spot on and underwhelming.
That same day, Minister Tudge’s office provided a media release, promoting CIS’s paper and firing a shot across the education faculties’ bow. The attack was clearly coordinated and was no surprise. Tudge had already flagged such concerns prior to launching his review into ITE, and Fahey was the compliant host for Tudge’s cosy CIS chat last month. And, Tudge has pushed back strongly against the mountain of exploration/inquiry/discovery nonsense in ACARA’s draft curriculum.
So, a very busy November 25. Maybe all a coincidence? Maybe, but nope. AERO’s silly survey was already published and announced on November 16. And, ACARA hadn’t considered it worthwhile retweeting AERO’s original announcement, only the bit obviously re-promoted to counter CIS’s and Tudge’s message.
As we said, pretty funny. Whether Tudge would find it funny is an open question.