Vlog Ep #08: Teaching Math Unshackled from Standards and Curriculum Documents


Are you getting a little tired of other people interfering in how you teach in your classroom?

I see around the world teachers being put under greater and greater pressure to perform, as if they were mere employees or servants of the state. And I’m over it!

Most politicians have never taught a day in their lives, from what I can tell. How dare they act like teachers should somehow get more motivated to achieve higher results, for the good of the nation?


Now, of course the curriculum is important, as I say in the video. But bureaucrats and nit-pickers seem to think that teachers need to stop being so opinionated, and just accept that they are there to do the will of their masters. Arrggghhhh!!! What doctor, engineer or lawyer would accept such treatment?

So let’s stand up for professional autonomy in our classrooms, go out and do an outstandingly excellent job, for our students, their families, and of course our nations.

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7 Replies to “Vlog Ep #08: Teaching Math Unshackled from Standards and Curriculum Documents”

  1. I enjoyed the rant and totally agree. What price is professional decision-making and professionalism within your domain of expertise?

  2. I totally, totally agree with everything you said. It is too much of controlling by government how teaches should teach! Good video!

    1. Thanks, Anastasia. Governments have a big role to play, of course, but I get frustrated when people who aren’t even educators get in positions of power and start ordering teachers about. Appreciate the comment.

  3. Definitely a thumbs up. I totally agree and also love the way you have not only praised the teachers but also given a subtle but distinct offering that we can and should be in charge of individual programming but also not use this as an excuse for lazy or ‘lack lustre’ teaching.
    Thank you so much for your positivity I will definitely share this with my peers

    1. Thanks, Jacky. I appreciate the comment. I do try to balance my comments, so I’m pleased that that came across on the video.

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