"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, December 28, 2012

A multiple choice quiz with only one question

Who said this?

"... the revolution in business ... will, over time, take place in education, too. We will move away from a system that assumes every child of a particular age moves at the same pace in every subject, and develop a system directed to the particular talents and interests of every pupil."

(a) John Dewey
(b) Susan Ohanian
(c) Tony Blair
(d) Robert Reich

The answer is (c), Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK, 1997-2007. According to Roland Meighan (http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=305041), it was quoted by Michael Barber in the Guardian, January 30, 1996.

Here is more:

“Education is about more than exams. We are right to be concerned about how our children seem to be falling behind. But we are also right to insist that education is about something more … education is about opening minds not just to knowledge but to insight, beauty, inspiration. Schools and colleges which are good academically are often also dedicated to helping every student develop as an individual. They create a community of learning that is about personal growth as well as personal achievement.” (Tony Blair, Speech given at Ruskin College, Oxford
December 16th 1996. http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/000000084.htm)

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