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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1995
Asserts that contemporary history and historiography is "official" history that ignores the daily struggles of people for their continued survival. Argues that, while public illiteracy has nearly disappeared, individuals are ignorant of the wealth of primary-source materials of other cultures' histories. (CFR)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Cultural Differences, Cultural Images, Elementary Secondary Education
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Asserts that Canadian schools should be educating students in the historically developed subjects matters. Suggests that a back-to-basics approach to education fails to appreciate the traditional subject matters as great sagas of human discovery. Concludes that schools are largely anti-intellectual places that are not inquiry driven and do not…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Back to Basics, Core Curriculum, Educational Environment
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1993
Contends that evaluating teaching is just as important as evaluating students. Argues that most teacher evaluation does not examine what students actually learn from the teacher. Recommends the use of written entry performance tests and subsequent written tests to evaluate teaching effectiveness. (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1992
Addresses the problem of bureaucratic control over what is taught and how in the classroom. Suggests that only by allowing classroom teachers to be part of curriculum decisions will public schools promote the growth of academic freedom and creative thinking. Argues that quality teaching is more important than political safety or obedient teachers.…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Professional Autonomy
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1992
Criticizes calls for national competency testing for Canadian students. Argues that thinking skills are too complex, and standardized tests too simplistic, for such tests to be valuable. Points out that testing alone does not improve education. Examines why standardized tests are appealing. Concludes that the tests are useful if their limits are…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, National Competency Tests
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Reports on a teacher's eight-month sabbatical trip through south and southeast Asia. Asserts that the people of this area are accepting globalization and proceeding to participate successfully in the international marketplace. Describes political, social, and economic characteristics of the eight nations visited on the trip. (CFR)
Descriptors: Asian Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Economic Development, Economic Factors