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What Makes Great Teaching – John Hattie and Pasi Sahlberg February 9, 2013

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, education, UK.
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Excellent talk held  at the University of Manchester about education. I can’t help but to agree with most of the aspects on teaching. Highly passionate teachers are one, to ensure that students are truly happy and rewarded by an enriched education experience is another. While attaining superior skills is crucial, I always believe that we need teachers who genuinely feel the passion to teach. Monetary compensation is one, ensuring the true integrity of teachers is another. The intellectual capacity must come in lieu with ethics that strongly adhere to staunch integrity about what is right and wrong, what is just and unjust. Without moral ethics, it makes little sense if getting top skills that in the end will do nothing good for a sustainable living environment.  Learning should be fun and the ability to play is actually a prime requisite for research. For if you can’t get interested and move things around, enjoy what you are doing; how can you really assimilate the knowledge learnt and thus generate more original pieces of thought? I can’t agree more with another statement that politics should get out of education.  Wished I were in Manchester then. I think I learnt the most about what education should be and what learning is about way more naturally and successful than I was in Singapore. The environment was different and it allows the freedom to romp and try different things in an open and interactive manner. Great gift on the eve of the lunar new year. Education should be free. It should be for people who want to learn and have the passion to do so. It is not about power and money as the prime goal as it will not churn a great learning environment that will make the world a truly human and beautiful one.

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