· The true test of a school is how it treats the lowest people involved at the school.
· Innovation is messy. Innovators are vulnerable to being labeled outcasts
· Great leaders employ people who are hard to manage not compliant robots.
· Ontario is currently improving education under current measures of success but they're not innovating
· Creativity can't be taught but it can be killed
· Students should invent a job, not find a job
· All this energy has been spent on raising test scores & not nurturing creativity or any other aspect of human nature.
· Not everyone is the same. Schools cannot teach everything.
· The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones and the oil age will not end by running out of oil.
· If you are offended by what I say... then get out
· We should be spending more time asking: How our pupil’s learn?
My own ideas from this conference:
· Those who hate technology don’t truly know the power of it.
· If you promote common assessment you are destroying the personalization of a student body
· Standardization justifies those who don't know how to differentiate students
· Not every student is the same so why are we testing them as such?
· We should be personalizing education and stop standardizing students
· Too many students are learning how stupid they are from our schools
· Schools should capitalize on strengths and not punish students for having weaknesses
· Do we want our students to have high scores or have high confidence?
· When test scores go up we should worry because of how poor a measure they are of what matters –Alife Kohn
· A great teacher is aware that measurements and scores are not always very accurate
· If you are preparing students for the present you are already outdating them.
· We need to stop preparing students for the final exam and start preparing them for globalization
· If you’re not on the edge of innovation, you're taking up too much space.
· Innovation and improvement are not necessarily opposites, in the highest efficient districts these ideas are the same
· Don't label innovators as outsiders but instead the person trying to create a new more effective path no one dares to try
· I want to see more failure, if you never fail, you don't take enough risks – Education minister Dave Hancock.
· Grading justifies those who do not know how to truly engage students.
· The person who decides what students learn in class should be the teacher not the bureaucrat who sits in an office.
· Innovators should be welcomed with open arms not with closed doors
· A true leader can leave the team and no one will notice
· Take marks out of schools and I fear some teachers wouldn't know how to assess their students.
· Good schools - practice open mindfulness, give attention, enact ethic of care, and polish professionalism.
· Standardization is more about compliance and killing creativity
Joe Bower’s ideas:
· Standardization meets the system’s needs at the cost of the child’s needs.
· Standardization squanders talent.
· Raising test scores and raising children have nothing to do with each other.
· Grading is a system's need not a student's need.
· Change is an opportunity to do today what others won't, so tomorrow you can accomplish what others can't.
· Wishing tomorrow to be just like yesterday won't ever make today a better place
· Student engagement has nothing to do with test scores
· You can Google information but you can't Google wisdom