GERM

(Re)Mapping Education is intended as a sandbox of provocations. With an eye towards affirming public education as a vehicle for democratization and social justice, a primary objective of this blog will be to offer critiques of and alternatives to what Pasi Sahlberg has described as the “Global Education Reform Movement (GERM).” That is, this blog will (re)map policies that: (i) encourage standardization, (ii) attempt to guide teachers’ curricular practice, (iii) diminish and instrumentalize teachers’ work, (iv) naturalize corporate management models, and (v) link teacher accountability with ‘added value’ and assessment data.

(Re)Mapping Education was founded by Tobey Steeves, an educator in British Columbia. Tobey has an active interest in teacher solidarity, and recently defended his MA thesis at the Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry in Education, University of British Columbia. Recognized by the American Education Research Association as “highly commended,” the thesis considered how ‘good teacher’ and ‘good teaching’ were constructed by and within BC’s ’21st-century learning’ policy agenda. More broadly, the primary focus of Tobey’s research is the intersection(s) of education policies and the lives and work of teachers. Tobey currently teaches in Vancouver, where he enjoys the company of wife, dog, and comrades in battle.

 

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