Does the report live up to its promise or leave much to be desired? In a new EI blog series, education experts and activists unpack, critique and challenge the insights of the WDR.Read More
Engaging our students in conversations about the consequences of disengaging from global institutions: lessons on US withdrawal from UNESCO.
Educating students to be engaged democratic citizens requires that they learn to engage with current affairs in schools. Engaging students with real world issues is also a way to get students to become more motivated with their studies and, over the long term, to be more effective professionally and more satisfied with their careers.Read More
#WDR2018 Reality Check #4: Realizing education’s promise: teachers are the solution, not the problem.
The World Bank’s 2018 world development report, with its focus on education and the need ‘to realize education’s promise’, is a welcome, if perhaps surprising, step forward. The report scores highly on intent, but it must work with teachers, not against them, if the report’s ambitions are to become a reality.Read More
Teacher (or education) unions are organizations formed to protect and advance the collective interests of teachers and other education workers. What those collective interests entail and how they should be pursued have been and remain active matters for debate.Read More
In an insulting, biased, and ignorant blog, Shanta Devarajan, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, blames teachers for Africa's educational problems. He points to teacher "absenteeism, neglect, and ignorance" as the culprits of low levels of student learning. Moreover, Mr. Devarajan argues that teachers, in the for...Read More
As many as 6.000 teachers are facing potential dismissal due to a recent education reforms that were passed in the Chicago, a state which houses the third largest public school district in the country; Chicagoan teachers’ jobs will now be subject to an evaluation based on their students’ standardized test scores. This among ...Read More
"Money is the mother's milk of politics." Former Speaker of the California Assembly Jesse Unruh When Speaker Unruh uttered his famous phrase in 1966, money lubricated the American political system to a much lesser degree than it does today. The Centre for Responsive Politics estimates that nearly six billion dollars wil...Read More
Many would agree that higher education is essential to economic success; however, despite the current global economic recession, cuts to the sector are gaining momentum in countries across the globe. Since 2008 the reduction of funding for higher education already resulted in the removal or merger of entire programmes, layoffs o...Read More