Professor speaks about teacher education

first_img One hindrance to progress is the disproportionate focus on ranking individual teachers, rather than making comparisons within teacher education programs themselves, Wilson said. To conclude the lecture, Wilson said teacher education programs must renew their focus on instructing teachers in how to teach their students. Wilson said this theme is the “center” of all discourse regarding education reform, and it constantly raises questions about the relative level of equality in our educational system. Wilson said her biggest question regarding teacher education reform concerns the current status of the issue in terms of its larger historical context, asking whether or not we are at a “historical moment” in the history of education in America. Wilson spoke about three current themes in the dialogue about education reform: equity and equality, efficiency and effectiveness. Regarding equity and equality, Wilson said it is our nation’s duty to provide its children with equal educational opportunities. “This is the promise we made as a nation, as the world’s leading democracy, giving all of our children in our country an equal education,” she said. These improved programs, or “alternate routes,” are already in place in some school systems and include residency programs and other routes for people of color and male teachers to diversify the teaching work force, she said. According to Wilson, efficiency can be measured by a teacher’s “added value,” a new concept in education reform that refers to whether or not a student would be more successful in school based on the efficiency of his or her current teacher. Wilson equated the final theme of effectiveness to the “discourse of accountability.” Critics of the education system frequently point to the ineffectiveness of current teacher preparation methods, but Wilson said those critics should ask better questions and “fight for better programs.” “We haven’t spent enough time studying what it takes to help somebody learn something,” she said. In “Teacher Preparation in an Era of Reform,” Wilson discussed the essentials of teacher education, the current American position on this topic and the ways in which her research could impact teacher reform. In lieu of grading systems, Wilson suggested a new approach to teacher education reform based on the pragmatism of Frederick Taylor, encouraging leadership through practice rather than knowledge alone. With education reform emerging as a hot-button issue among the American public, Suzanne Wilson, university distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, outlined her research on developing measures for tracking learning in teacher education programs during a lecture at the Eck Visitor Center on Monday. “[My research] could be a revolution in how we think about teacher education problems,” she said. Wilson added she believes change in the educational reform for teachers is a positive one, but cited universities as being “extremely slow and getting in the way of change” in terms of teacher education reform. “We create standards. We create scoring rubrics. We rank ourselves. Everyone wants to be number one,” she said.last_img read more

COVID-19 patients become victims of Indonesia’s lack of privacy protection

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that a 31-year-old woman (Case 1) and her 64-year-old mother (Case 2), both residents of Depok, West Java, had tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with a Japanese woman who later tested positive in Malaysia.The President’s announcement came as a surprise to the patients themselves. “We had not been [officially told that we had tested positive],” Case 2 said to kompas.com on Tuesday.Ever since the announcement, reporters have swarmed the patients’ house. In social media, photographs of the patients also spread like wildfire. Some internet users questioned the younger patient’s profession, correlating it with how she might have contracted the virus.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said on Monday that Case 1 was a dance teacher and had danced with the Japanese citizen, whom he described as a close friend of the woman, in a club in Kemang, South Jakarta. Indonesia’s first two confirmed COVID-19 patients claim that media coverage and discussion on social media have taken a greater toll on them than the disease itself, saying that numerous breaches of privacy and the resulting stigma have left them “mentally drained”.Some people went so far as to directly attack one of the patients, known as Case 1, through social media. A message saying “You have been warned by the government to be vigilant of foreigners but you were stubborn” was sent to her over Instagram, a screenshot of which was shown to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Earlier, personal details of the two patients comprising their initials, ages and home address popped up on WhatsApp groups and other social media from an unclear source not long after the news about the confirmed cases broke on Monday. In a statement made on Wednesday, Case 1 shared how she might have contracted the virus and what she did afterward — which differed from the account released by the authorities.Case 1 said she had started coughing and having a fever on Feb. 16 and decided to visit a private hospital along with her mother last Thursday. There, she was diagnosed with bronchopneumonia and her mother with typhus. The following day, a friend in Malaysia called to let her know a Japanese woman who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 26 had visited the restaurant in Jakarta where she had been hosting on Feb. 15.”For the sake of national security and health, I informed the doctor that I needed to be tested and that’s why I’ve been isolated since Sunday. I don’t even know nor am I acquainted with the Japanese citizen,” she said. She further emphasized the Japanese citizen was a woman, not a man who “rented” her like the gossip said. “I was just in a room with the Japanese woman without knowing who she was.” “Please respect me and my family’s privacy, stop spreading our photos and fake news about us,” she said in a statement.The breach of the patients’ personal data also affected their neighbors. Anis Hidayah of Migrant Care, one of the neighbors, said media coverage had disrupted their activities: some were not allowed by their employers to work and app-based motorcycle taxi drivers were adamant about not accepting orders from the housing complex.“What I regret the most is it has framed people I know personally in unfavorable ways,” Anis said.Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy researcher Wahyudi Djafar said the recent case of privacy breach was due to the absence of legislation on personal data protection and the lack of respect for privacy in society.Unlike Singapore with its 2012 Data Protection Act, Indonesia has no specific law stipulating what makes data private, the rights of data owners, the duties of the data processors, or the mechanisms for processing such data.“Even if some laws regulate about privacy, the material is limited and often contradictory because they don’t follow the same principle of personal data protection,” he said.He urged that a data protection bill be discussed, although he warned the public to keep an eye on the deliberations as there was potential for abuse of power in the current draft. The draft only imposes administrative sanctions on the government for possible wrongdoing.Jokowi requested people respect the COVID-19 patients’ privacy following his announcement. He also asked that his ministers and the hospitals involved in treating the patients avoid disclosing the patients’ private information.In a statement issued on Monday, the Alliance of Independent Journalists called on members of the press to be more considerate in their reporting by speaking to the most credible sources on the issue, as opposed to publishing “sensationalized” pieces on the patients and their families.Lawmaker Charles Honoris has urged the government to ensure the privacy of its citizens in relation to the spread of the coronavirus. “Mass disclosure of COVID-19 patients’ private information should be taken seriously as a violation of citizens’ privacy,” he said.He said the government must learn from Singapore and Japan in this regard, specifically about how the two countries had implemented a zero-tolerance privacy policy to protect the personal lives of its confirmed COVID-19 patients. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Canoga Park burglar arrested moments after stealing car stereo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.They pulled the man over and determined the car was not stolen. They then recovered a stereo taken from a car in the alley, he said. The suspect, whose name was withheld, was arrested and expected to booked on suspicion of theft, Wronkowski said. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. CANOGA PARK – Police in Canoga Park arrested a man early today moments after he broke into a vehicle and stole a stereo, police said. Shortly before 1 a.m., a security guard spotted the 37-year-old man attempting to pry into a car in an alley near De Soto Avenue and Kittridge Street and phoned police to say the man was stealing the vehicle, said Los Angeles police Officer Robert Wronkowski of the West Valley Station. Police went to the alley and found a man fitting the description in a black Toyota Corolla, Wronkowski said. The officers, thinking the car was stolen, followed the man out of the alley and onto De Soto Street, where he threw an item out his window, Wronkowski said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more