I am often asked what teachers and parents can do to get across how absurd the “reform” ideas are.
Most important is to reach the public, to enable the public to understand what is happening, and how little evidence there is for any of the reformers’ claims or their strategies.
But here is another tack.
The most effective tool of all may be humor.
The New South Wales Teachers Federation in Australia has begun to create videos to spoof the nonsense that they are dealing with, some of it part of the Global Education Reform Movement (as Pasi Sahlberg of Finland named it) and some imported from the USA.
I understand that their next video will feature an interview with an American “education expert” on the glories of privatization.
We really must learn from our friends in Australia. Once something becomes ridiculous, it is hard to take it seriously.