Tag Archives: Singapore

#teacheroath: Swearing not Pledging

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Out-trending #xfactorresults last night was #teacheroath – a twitterstorm of response to a hashtag started by @teacherROAR. As someone said – who but teachers would give up part of their Sunday evening to take part in such an “event”? (Yes … Continue reading

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Is the Tide Really Turning? An all-party committee says education needs reinvention.

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The tide is turning? After the storm-ridden days of the past two months we sincerely hope so, even on another day of downpours. However, there’s a tide beginning to turn in the world of education, and one that we’ve been … Continue reading

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PISA, Private Schools and Progressivism

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We live in interesting times. This is from yesterday’s Guardian: Gove’s ‘progressive betrayal’ seems to be a private school phenomenon My research using the Pisa data found that state school pupils report more ‘traditional’ teaching than in private schools, says … 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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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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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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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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Summer Born Children and Educational Disadvantage

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Our previous post invited readers to “consider this week’s UK news and commentary about the need to tweak exam results to allow for underachievement amongst summer-born children . . . and then consider the need for a worldwide revolution in … Continue reading

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Custodians of Knowledge, and other Idiocies.

I’m writing this post in response to a teacher’s blog I’ve stumbled across that claims teachers are “custodians of knowledge”. Where to begin with this? One of the most distressing and depressing aspects of conversations about education in countries like … 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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