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Teacher Unions, Many Countries, Common Challenges

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El Colegio de Profesores de Chile; Poland’s Zwiazek Nauczycielstwa Polskiego, or ZNP; The Educational Institute of Scotland; The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association in the United States. These disparate teacher unions face significant challenges to their purview and their very existence i...

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The fifth tower of PISA

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The publication of OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA for short, is a triennial world event. Most education news is confined to specialist journals and blogs but when PISA results are announced they are headline news. Why? Because PISA is an evaluation of the quality of countries’ educatio...

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Turkish educators after the coup: ‘We will win’.

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Earlier this year, on the night of 15th July, there was an attempted coup in Turkey. The coup was quickly defeated and immediately afterwards the government imposed a State of Emergency. The government claims the State of Emergency is intended to defend and stabilise democracy. In reality it provides cover for hugely undemocrati...

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Messengers of Hope in a Time of Reckoning: Educating Refugees.

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I just spent three days in Stockholm with two students at the Sorbonne. They are Aya Hamadeh, a student in computer science, and Mortaza Behboudi, a student in international relations. Both are refugees, the victims of political violence. Mortaza is from Afghanistan and Aya from Syria. Meeting them is to bear witness to the powe...

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