Auckland University Education Dean John Langley calls for better research and evaluation of education initiatives. It’s a sensible article, and worth highlighting his five myths:
- That experience is the best way to gain success.
- That process is more important than product.
- That learning must be fun and easy.
- That you must “like” the person who teaches you.
- That opinion equals fact.
Langley asserts these myths have for decades permeated our policy-making and practice. I see little in what he says, which I can disagree with. For example:
Experience alone does not improve performance. What improves performance is knowledge, skills and how they are applied and interpreted by experience. Without better knowledge and skill, experience alone is a vacuum.
And finally I refer to:
Accepting everything and expecting nothing will neither help children learn nor enable them to reach full potential.