Category Archives: GLOBAL EDUCATION

You’re Getting Off First Or I’m Gonna Die!

This morning Angela Duckworth, Million-Dollar MacArthur Genius, U-Penn psychology professor and star author of Grit, spoke in central London about the importance of hard work. No matter the field, whether spelling bees or military training academies, her work has proved one thing: … Continue reading

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Postcard From Canada

In late February I led a delegation to Ontario to see what lessons its high performing education system could teach us,[1] and think about how to use those lessons to achieve systemic change at home. “They’re all our children.” Dr. … Continue reading

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New Visions for Education: Ontario, Lucknow, Boston

A First Nation reservation in Ontario. A study hall for girls in Lucknow, India. A room full of consultants in Boston. A disparate bunch, with one important thing in common: they are all showing us how to use technology to … Continue reading

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Utopia Within Reach?

What if a school combined a deep commitment to social justice, outstanding leadership and world class professional expertise? And kids in the school were enjoying it? It sounds like utopian stuff, but believe it, because you can see it at … Continue reading

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How to Improve the Quality of Girls’ Education?

Girls education matters. Last Sunday marked International Womens Day, and with it a round of new commitments. The OECD reported on the gender divide, the Obamas launched a campaign to improve the schooling of girls. Meanwhile the film India’s Daughters … Continue reading

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Addressing Inequality in the Digital Era

I’m presenting at the European Commission’s conference on Education in the Digital Era in Brussels on December 11th. Prior to that I am helping to ‘animate the online debate’. I’ve written a blog entry to begin proceedings. It argues that … Continue reading

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A Self Improving Education System

I’ve just completed a review of a joint publication by the RSA and British Education Research Association ‘Building the Capacity for a Self-Improving Education System’. It argues compellingly for the increased role of research in teacher education and public schooling. … Continue reading

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Education System Reform in Estonia

To close the achievement gap at the level of the local or national system, we need to know what matters so that we can do what matters. Some of what matters is common to every system – the best teachers … Continue reading

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Doing What Matters, Doing It Together

How are the children? All the children are well. – Masai Greeting Across global education systems all is not well for the children. How much your parents earn overwhelmingly dictates how you’ll do in school. It’s why Enseña Chile started … Continue reading

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The Arc of the Moral Universe Tends Towards Justice

Southerners will tell you it never snows in Alabama. Not that they don’t get a share of biblical weather. Hurricanes, tropical storms, flood and drought visit regularly below the Mason-Dixon line. But snow? In Birming-ham? Well, it’s about as likely to … Continue reading

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