The National Institute of Educational Evaluation Policy Gazette for the National Institute of Educational Evaluation of México interviewed Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, Peter McLaren last month. The Dangers of Educational Extremism: High-Stakes Standardized Evaluation in US K-12 Education, which includes content from McLaren’s March interview with Policy Gazette Editor-In-Chief, Laura Athié, begins on page 5 of the article (page 7 of the pdf file). Special thanks to Dr. Arlo Kempf of the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, who co-authored the article.
Information about the National Educational Evaluation Policy Gazeet from Editor-In-Chief, Laura Athié:
The National Educational Evaluation Policy Gazette is published each four months in Spanish, English and indigenous languages, with the aim of fostering the dialogue between the leaders of our National education. We have more than 50 000 readers and most of them are Ministers, education specialist, ONGs and teachers.
Today, Mexico is facing a strong National Educational reform, so, many teachers and state ministers need voices to make good decisions. That is the reason why we publish this Gazette, because we want to contribute to a different way to teach in basic and middle education thru public schools, and especially for the ones in situations of greatest disadvantage: indigenous, migrants and children in contexts of violence.
The Gazette is a monographic edition, so we have a different issue each number. Our last publication (Number 3), started with this question: ‘What does rights-focused Evaluation mean?’. Our next edition (January 2016) will ask: How can we use the Evaluation to improve our education?, there are a lot of factors involved in this topic: equity and differences in the allocation of resources, violence and social contexts that affects school living, challenges and evidences. We have been asking if there is another way to decide furthermore than using just the evidences from the assessments and policy evaluation, and we think the personal values of the leather is one form to decide.
The Gazette has an international distribution, so it goes free to the Ministers of Education of 22 countries form North and Latin America and Europe. For us, is important to give the most brilliant minds and voices to the people who are making decisions on the future of more than 36 millions of children and adolescents in Mexico.