Things educators could say but don’t

With reform policies based more on hope than data, you might think educators would speak up more than do. Why don’t they? Here’s some thoughts about why most stay quiet, from Robert Bligh, former general counsel  of the Nebraska Association of School Boards. Bligh’s research interest involves the efficacy of the school reform efforts promoted Read the full article…

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

             Khalil Gibran

Top 10 winter destinations in Europe

Winter comes in many guises in Europe, in the polar north there’s serious snow and sunless weeks, while you’ll find lingering sunshine in the mild Mediterranean, and cosy cafe culture and Christmas spirit in the centre. It’s an inspiring time to visit grand metropolises and charming villages: with fewer queues you can fit more into Read the full article…

Why Finish schools are so successful

For many years the school system in Finland has been very successful. In the PISAsurvey, which compares reading, math and science knowledge of 15 year olds around the world, Finland is not only the top European country but also competes with Asian giants like Shanghai Singapore and South Korea. But what makes the educational system in this small country so strikingly different from others in Read the full article…