Tag Archives: Education Policy

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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Education Technology on Trial

This week I wrote about the OECD’s new report on technology in education for the EC. It’s a vital call to action for all of us who think we are on the cusp of an education revolution. There are two types of people in … Continue reading

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Is It Time To Stop Tinkering With School Structures?

This week I featured in The Independent newspaper’s education pages. The article by Education Editor Richard Garner drew on an idea I shared with him and asked ‘Is it time to stop tinkering with school structures and invest in teachers instead?’ I plan more articles … Continue reading

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The Automated Teacher and Other Myths

Below is the text of an interview I carried out for the European Commission’s Open Education Challenge site. You can see that post at this link. Do you believe in the idea of an automatic teacher? The idea of an … 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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Will Tech Save Us?

Technology alone won’t address education inequality in the digital era. We must model hybrid solutions. An edited version of this blog is available on the Open Education Europa portal. I had dinner with Werner Herzog the other night (for with … Continue reading

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Polish Lessons

If Smiley’s People is the source of your ideas about Iron Curtain mandarins, you’ll easily picture Zbigniew Marciniak. A formidably intelligent professor of mathematics at Warsaw University, he has the demeanour of a man at ease in a culture of … Continue reading

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