This week’s post about what I’ve learned via twitter will have to wait. It’s daunting enough considering this short post on a tablet, tethered via my phone. But I need to rant.
I’ve tweeted and blogged before about my idea of #policybasedevidence, where politicians look for anecdotes or trials that support what they wanted to do anyway. It happens at a school level too, sadly, and I experienced an example of this today in a meeting.
A colleague fed back an idea from a committee, suggested by a teacher working on a masters. Apparently, if you give kids a grade as well as a comment then they ignore the feedback, arguably the more useful bit. Now, I knew this and thought most teachers did. (When I’m on a proper computer I’ll find a link, or maybe someone’s got a url they can put in a comment?) But it was shared as if it was news.
The next sentence was “But as it’s against department policy I doubt we’ll be using that idea.” This is crazy. If the policy is against the evidence, surely we should at least consider changing the policy? Because the point of the policies, the way I understand it, is to help the students learn.
No wonder I’m not getting promoted…