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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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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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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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Better Teacher Performance in China

Amid the lush green hills in the east of Yunnan Province nestles the small town of Changning. Accessed via a leisurely taxi drive along the two lane highway from Baoshan, it is surprisingly tranquil, modern and – for a small … Continue reading

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Climate Control: An Organic Approach to Education

In his latest TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson retreads the boards of  previous arguments, suggesting that instead of ‘command and control’, education today needs ‘climate control’. The purpose of school should not be to educate kids according to a certain … Continue reading

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School Education 2030: the Open Mind

In response to the European Commission call for visionary papers on the future of open education in Europe,  I co-authored a paper on ‘the Open Mind’ for the ‘School Education 2030’ category. The abstract for the paper (which was a … Continue reading

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Who Teaches at the School in the Cloud?

Known for his ‘Hole in the Wall’ initiative, which demonstrated the huge potential of self-guided learning by putting internet ready computers in the concrete walls of Delhi slums and seeing what the kids there learnt, Sugata Mirta is increasingly becoming the spokesperson … Continue reading

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Zizek: The Truth is Out There!

Last week I attended a talk by Slovenian Philosopher Slavoj Zizek. Neither of us stayed for the twenty-four hour long live reading of his new book Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism (he’d written it, I … Continue reading

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