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Women Teachers in Africa

Credits: John Hogg / World Bank

A balanced representation of men and women teachers in the classroom creates a healthy environment, where children and youth have access to the wisdom and guidance of adults with varying experiences, attitudes, and skills. The presence of women teachers in two regions of the world, however, is quite weak. In sub-Saharan Africa a...

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Building human rights education through global teacher networks

Credits: Seniwati via Flickr

A few years ago, calling for a more robust worldwide embrace of human rights education by invoking the Holocaust, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra'ad said in a speech given at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: “Eight of the 15 people who planned the Holocaust in 1942 held PhDs. They shone academically, and ...

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It’s time to look carefully at where testing fails to make the grade

Credits: EdTech Stanford University (Flickr)

Teacher unions have for a long time expressed concern about the growing scope of international tests. In this post, I will point out some of the reasons why Union of Education Norway is especially critical to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). I will also point to some alternative ways of spending resources...

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