Transparency – I’m lovin’ it?


I can’t remember the last time I ate a McDonalds burger; there’s just something about the thought of it…..

The McDonalds website hosts a video that outlines how the”patties” are manufactured.  Do this video make me anymore inclined to eat a McDonalds burger?  Absolutely not.  What would its impact be on a McDonalds regular?  I have no idea, but I don’t think it would be too positive!

Is the increasing movement towards transparency a positive one?  I believe so, but there are some thing that happen that I don’t necessarily want to know the full details of.  Parents want to know how their children are progressing and they should demand to know how they can improve further.  Is the reporting of each and every assessment and their associated criteria necessary and beneficial?  I’m not so convinced.

Interesting, whilst McDonalds show transparency in the making of the patties, they do not show the abattoirs and how the cuts of beer arrive at the factory.  Perhaps that’s where the analogy for education lies and what we can learn from one of the world’s most successful marketing machines; some transparency is a good thing, but each and every last detail is not required.


Inspirational teachers from the movies quiz

Another fun quiz that can be used with any year group, although I suspect younger ones will find it rather challenging!

ppt Inspirational teachers quiz

I’m sure that you know all of the answer, but just in case…..

  • Mr. Ray (John Ratzenberger) Finding Nemo
  • John Keating (Robin Williams) Dead Poets Society
  • Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot) The Chorus
  • LouAnne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer) Dangerous Minds
  • Ms Norbury (Tina Fey) Mean Girls
  • Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) Half Nelson
  • Dewey Finn/ Ned Schneebly (Jack Black) School of Rock
  • Mr Chips (Robert Donat) Goodbye Mr Chips
  • Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) To Sir, With Love
  • Henry Jones Jr (Harrison Ford) Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford) Blackboard Jungle
  • John Kimble (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Kindergarten Cop
  • Sister Mary Clarence (Whoopi Goldberg) Sister Act 2
  • Miss Honey (Embeth Davidtz) Matilda
  • Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
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