The Pressure | Fear | Relief Model of Education

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Over the past 2-3 weeks I’ve spoken to over 1000 teachers and counsellors in Perth and Brisbane.

One of the themes I touched on during my talks, was the Pressure | Fear | Relief model of education that I believe too many of our students experience.

Below is a very short (2:40min) video that introduces this model.

This is the first in a series of “Talking Point” videos that I will be developing for schools/faculties to use as a stimulus for discussion on staff training days/general meetings.

Feel free to share it with your colleagues and let me know what you think of it!

If you have any topics or themes you’d like to see as a Talking Point just drop me a line.


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0 Comments on “The Pressure | Fear | Relief Model of Education

  1. G’day Dan,

    Not sure that the connection between standardised/high stakes testing means that students don’t get opportunities to fail. To some extent this sounds a bit like mistaking summative assessment for formative assessment and learning.

    Surely, a good education experience will include lots of opportunity to fail – and thus to learn – through use of learning experiences and formative assessment. Hopefully in a way that allows for summative assessment without significant levels of fear about failure.

    Of course, that’s a nice theory. The question is how to live in a world that should have both.


  2. Hi David,

    Thanks for the comment.
    I’m not suggesting that the standardised tests don’t give the kids the opportunity to fail, rather it makes the notion of failure even less palatable… even to the point of schools (allegedly) having students (particularly those from non-English speaking homes) stay home on the day of the NAPLAN tests so as to preserve the schools record… This obviously has a knock-on effect…



  3. yeh 1st day back here in the west.
    What schools/ learning facilities are actually doing it differently? (given most cant afford Geelong Grammars fees).

    cheers Rob

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