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OECD, PISA, Shanghai, Singapore – Lessons to be Learned in Education

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The 2012/13 OECD PISA results are out today. As far as we are concerned, there are no surprises. Shanghai/China and Singapore are at the top of this table which is exactly as we expected. http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-overview.pdf What concerns us is the … Continue reading

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The Real Lessons of the Titanic: Redefining the Purposes of Education; Preparation for a Knowledge Economy

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When a ship like the Titanic was seen as unfit for purpose there were three options available to those who operated ocean-going ships. 1. Carry on building similar ships but also make damned sure they don’t go anywhere near iceberg-infested … Continue reading

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Finally we have them: the OECD’s first ‘Adult PISA’ results

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To a non-educationalist this headline might not appear the most exciting news of the day, so let’s try this instead: England’s young people are near bottom of global league table for basic skills http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/08/england-young-people-league-table-basic-skills-oecd?CMP=twt_gu Or if you prefer the BBC … Continue reading

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Singapore, Holistic Learning, and the Future of Education

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A recent article in the Times Educational Supplement indicates the direction of travel of education systems throughout the world (though not, regrettably, in the UK and the USA): http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6358749 The article’s headline – “Curriculum – Singapore heads in a bold … Continue reading

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Education Done To, For, or With Students?

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
Teachers caution student writers to avoid cliches like the plague, but many cliches harbor enduring truths. Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic is an apt characterization of the rush to adopt and…

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The Great Education Wars

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One of the fascinating aspects of the recent Festival of Education at Wellington College was the exceptionally wide range of speakers and the breadth and diversity of opinions on offer. Ultimately, however, they divided into two camps. In the ‘traditionalist’ … Continue reading

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Still Learning Finnish Lessons

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For those who missed Peter Wilby’s excellent article in last week’s Guardian Education, the following is a summary. Regular readers of 3D Eye will know of our longstanding interest in Finland’s outstandingly successul system of education, and also our admiration … Continue reading

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An Education Inquiry – and a Debate?

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Regular readers of 3D Eye will have noticed our enthusiasm for the inquiry into education that Compass and the NUT launched last week. We fully support Compass’s aim to build a coalition of opinion on all matters concerning education, schools, … Continue reading

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Systematised Rote Learning and Maoist Centralism

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Here’s a story from The Telegraph that’s been on our backburner since last week: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/10107565/Michael-Gove-Scottish-schoolchildren-risk-falling-behind-English-pupils.html Michael Gove: Scottish schoolchildren risk falling behind English pupils Michael Gove has delivered a stark warning that Scottish schoolchildren risk falling behind their peers in … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Countries

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A Tale of Two Countries “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of … Continue reading

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