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Break the taboo – Raise awareness for violence against teachers


When there is no data on violence against teachers, nobody has to react - that seems to be the opinion of politicians all over Germany. But the Verband Bildung und Erziehung (VBE) were no longer willing to remain silent and commissioned the German forsa Institute for Social Research and Statistical Analysis to conduct a survey o...

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Competencies for Today and Tomorrow

Credits: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

At a recent education conference, I was invited to participate in a panel entitled, “Problematizing future competencies: Learning development in the unknown 21st century.” Something about the title generated resistance in me, so instead of offering suggestions on “competencies” for the “unknown” 21st century, I probl...

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Open Access: Making Knowledge Priceless


Try this thought experiment for a moment. Imagine you’re a budding author who has laboured for many long hours crafting what you believe is a masterful manuscript. You send it to a publisher who is very interested. They’re willing to publish your tour de force, but only under the following conditions: they will own t...

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Teacher Quality in an Age of Resurgent Chauvinism


We have seen the resurgence of nationalist parties and chauvinistic sentiment in many nations around the world. Elections in England, the Philippines and the U.S. have dramatically shifted global relations, and foreshadows the rise to power of neo-nationalist parties. Often aligned with “conservative” social movement...

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