Archive for August, 2010

Results stir debate over standardised tests in England

Results of the Standard Assessments Tests, or SATs, released this week in England, have stirred debate on their usefulness, as they are used by the government to rank schools. More than a quarter of the country’s primary schools boycotted the tests. Scores for 11-year-olds showed small gains in maths and writing and a dip in […]

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Empowering Local Schools

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has outlined a $484 million plan for schools that would give principals and parents more freedom in running their schools. The Empowering Local Schools Program will begin 2012 in 1,000 schools and will include training for principals and funding to hire teachers in special-needs areas. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/pm-gives-principals-control/story-fn59niix-1225900279704

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China’s answer to obesity

Real life lessons for spoilt children Some Chinese parents are enrolling their children in summer military schools, where they learn survival skills and self-defence, among other life lessons. The camps have gained popularity as parents worry their children are spending too much time with the television and computer and are not playing and exercising enough. […]

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Sixth Sense Technology

Pranav Mistry is a student of Pattie Maes (see post from July 2009). He is a genius and shows why India is challenging the rest of the world with technology.

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Leadership – Simon Sinek

Why are some leaders e.g. Apple Computers successful? (Because of Steve Jobs starting his career as a teacher I would have thought!). If you are interested in the success of innovative leadership this video is worth a look.

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Reading Flash Mob

One school’s take on using a flash mob to encourage kids to read and exercise at the same time.

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