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Jerry P. Becker

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Press Release: United Kingdom - Paul Ernest
Posted: Apr 1, 1999 2:47 PM
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GOVERNMENT EDUCATION REPORT CARD
MARKED - FOUND WANTING
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PRESS RELEASE (Circulated to major British newspapers)

26 March 1999

From: Professor Paul Ernest

University of Exeter, United Kingdom
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LABOUR'S EDUCATION REPORT CARD MARKED IN WEB
JOURNAL AND FOUND WANTING

The Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal issue number 11, published
today free on the internet, contains a strong critique of the government's
educational policy.

In his editorial Professor Paul Ernest condemns the government's
educational policy on three counts.

1. The government's aims for schools are impoverished and narrowly
utilitarian aims, based on going 'back-to-basics' and heaping more
assessments on schools. The government has taken these hand-me-downs from
the conservatives with no rethink on what should be the aims of education
in a post-industrial society. Personal development, empowerment or
creativity, which are essential for the entrepreneurial skills that the
third millennium will require are simply omitted.

2. Teacher education has become a political football, and is being
destroyed by the competing attentions of the Teacher Training Agency and
OFSTED. The new National Curriculum for Primary Teacher Education spends 15
pages detailing the numeracy and mostly low-level maths content of teacher
training courses for all students, all of whom already have at least grade
C at GCSE maths. But it but does not even mention history, geography,
foreign languages, dance, drama, or music, even though these are in the
National Curriculum. An article "Restoring Discipline to the Class" by
Professor Ernest analyses this in detail.

3. Education authorities from the minister David Blunkett, the Chief
Inspector Chris Woodhead, and others on down, are rubbishing educational
research without understanding it or appreciating what it is for. Professor
Ernest argues that educational research serves many purposes beyond those
considered by these authorities, and plays a vital role in a free democracy.

Overall, the Labour Government's education report card is marked and found
severely wanting.

The web journal containing the editorial is located at
http://www.ex.ac.uk/~PErnest/
specifically at:
http://www.ex.ac.uk/~PErnest/pome11/contents.htm

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATION JOURNAL 11 (1999)
152 pages in length

FULL CONTENTS OF THE ISSUE:

EDITORIAL - PAUL ERNEST

THE VARIETIES OF NUMERICAL EXPERIENCE - JERRY RAVETZ

ENVISIONING SOCIAL JUSTICE IN TEACHER EDUCATION - BRIAN HUDSON

RESTORING DISCIPLINE TO THE CLASS - PAUL ERNEST

HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING - JOHN FAUVEL &
JAN VAN MAANEN

HISTORY AND DIDACTICS OF MATHEMATICS - LUCIA GRUGNETTI AND
FRANCESCO SPERANZA

PUBLIC IMAGES OF MATHEMATICS - LIM CHAP SAM AND PAUL ERNEST

STATISTICIANS AND THE DRIVE FOR INTEGRITY - RAY THOMAS

NECESSARY MATHEMATICAL STATEMENTS AND ASPECTS OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE CLASSROOM
- JEAN-PHILIPPE DROUHARD ET AL.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS - FRANCIS G MILES

CESAME: THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF LEARNING MATHEMATICS IN THE CLASSROOM. AN
ANALYSIS OF SOME STUDENTS' NARRATIVES - T. ASSUDE, C. SACKUR & M. MAUREL

CHANCE AND CHOICE - FRANCIS G MILES

I'VE GOT A SECRET: MATHS ANXIETY - C. RICK SEAMAN

ON CONCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE AND THE OBJECTS OF MATHEMATICS - DIMITRIS CHASSAPIS

MATHEMATICS AND CULTURE - C. K. RAJU

WO BLEIBT DAS SUBVERSIVE? - THOMAS JAHNKE

MATEMATICAS Y ESTRUCTURA DE LA NATURALEZA - MIGUEL DE GUZMÁN

AMUCHMA - NEWSLETTER

SHORT NOTICES

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu






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