Tuesday, 3 November 2015


This report is the first of two linked papers by John Hattie on what doesn’t work in education.
In this paper he describes the confused jargon and narratives that distract us from the most ambitious and vital aim of schooling: for every student to gain at least a year’s growth for a year’s input. He outlines the policy responses commonly used by systems aspiring to be in the world’s ‘top five’ for education and argues that these responses are ‘fixes’ that fail to address the important questions, and so are unlikely to make a difference, despite costing many billions of dollars. Such responses are part of what Hattie calls the ‘politics of distraction’.These include:
  • Appease the parents;
  • Fix the infrastructure;
  • Fix the students; 
  • Fix the schools;
  • Fix the teachers.
John Hattie is Professor and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Deputy Director of the Science of Learning Research Centre. If you want to read the full report it is available free at pearson.com.

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