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“We need a different approach to education”

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Consider the following: “The consequences of the standardised exam system? It’s a classic example of unintended consequences. It began with good intentions which was to raise “standards”. It’s ended up with a tick-box, teach to the test, grade-factory approach to … Continue reading

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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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Tablets Needed in the Classroom

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In our last post, we commented on the excellent article by Dr. Yong Zhao regarding his childhood instruction on how to handle water buffalo, and how it didn’t exactly prepare him for the world of work or indeed his future … Continue reading

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Return to Singapore

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There’s plenty of misunderstanding and misinformation about Singapore’s approaches to education, and about its drive to improve learning and teaching within a system that has long been regarded as highly successful. Singapore’s system of education was mentioned in Michael Gove’s … Continue reading

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Remember Gove?

8×7=56. I know. Just as I also know that 2+2 doesn’t always add up to 4, but that has come about from hard experience not from parrot fashion learning. I suppose there is some bright spark somewhere in academia who … Continue reading

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