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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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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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The Future of Teaching

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Do you have a general vision of what education and lifelong learning should be about? What did you personally learn yesterday? How did you learn it? Did you learn things that someone else wanted you to learn? Did you learn … Continue reading

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Rearranging The Deckchairs

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A thought for today. What if the “world class” education systems that have been painstakingly under construction in countries like the UK and the USA turn out to be very similar to the Titantic? * Made from the finest materials … Continue reading

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International Comparisons, Enlightened Education

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A topic that’s making many waves in Britain this week is “UK education sixth in global ranking”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20498356 So we’re not as bad as those people at OECD have been saying we are? Excellent. Apparently some new research and “a … Continue reading

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Education, Equity and Social Mobility – Finnish Lessons Part 4

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These are interesting times, with big debates going on about some very fundamental issues, such as how we provide education for children and young people, how we regulate and supervise our banking and financial systems, and how we achieve ‘social … Continue reading

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