Policy and Curriculum

India: Why the world’s biggest school system is failing its pupils

ON THE ground floor of a primary school in Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan, five dozen pupils wait for the lunch break. The school has three teachers, but two of them are absent. One is “off sick” and the other, the head teacher, left at noon, explaining that she has...

Learning Progression Explorer: Tell Us What You Think

By Ray Adams, Director of ACER’s Centre for Global Education Monitoring and a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne This blog was also published by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The push for globally-comparable measures of learning is truly...

Getting the right blend: the use of the digital in African education

In many ways, education is about finding the right blend. This is why 'blended learning' – or the mixed use of digital and traditional learning methods - holds such promise for many of education’s toughest challenges, particularlythose present in a variety of contexts...

Global HackWeek: Addressing education’s big challenges with AI

New Delhi: OpenEd.ai, a non-profit organisation committed to developing and promoting open-source Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Education, is organising a global AI for Education HackWeek from 28 July– 4 August at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi....

A teacher’s anti-solution to a big problem

It’s no secret that teachers don’t get enough quality professional development — or even the kinds of development — that can help them grow as educators. That has been a particular frustration to Ashley Lamb-Sinclair, the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year who teaches...

US: The Collateral Damage of Testing Pressure

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade are often free of the high-stakes testing common in later grades—but those years are still high-stakes for students’ learning and development. That means it’s a big problem when schools encourage their least effective...

Is Singapore the world’s education laboratory?

Andrew MacIntyre takes a look at how an ageing population and slow growth is driving dramatic education reform in Singapore – with fascinating results.  Governments in many countries are talking about reforming their education systems to better equip graduates seeking...

Selective primary schools? What a terrible idea for children

Of all the accepted wisdoms that go unchallenged in the way we educate our children, selecting the best and brightest for an elite education is one of the most entrenched. It’s hard to argue against the idea that smart kids need special attention. Parents...

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