National Standards – do they improve teaching and learning?

Thanks to Greg Carroll I came across this video where John Hattie makes a case around issues like accommodation, retention [repeating classes] or dumbing down learning surrounding National Standards. National Standards are due to be introduced in Australia next year. He concludes by making a plea to teachers to be change agents not only in the classroom but across the system.

This video is on an edtalks site which features New Zealand educators speaking about a range of issues – well worth a look.