Ranking respect: Can teacher status be compared across countries?

By Katherine Aleynikova The more the teachers in a country are respected, the higher the academic results are amongst their students, or so the Global Teacher Status Index 2018 claims to prove. As instinctively plausible as the argument is, and as easily agreeable (who would argue against respecting teachers?), I have to wonder how exactly … Continue reading Ranking respect: Can teacher status be compared across countries?

Can Big Data Bridge the Gap between Knowing and Doing?

By Susan Robertson With the World Education Forum for 2019 just around the corner, I took a quick look at its organising theme: What we should do with what we know: developing educational policy for implementation, impact and exponential success. There’s little doubt that were our knowledge of education systems around the world to be stacked … Continue reading Can Big Data Bridge the Gap between Knowing and Doing?

Hacked Off: Can Us Entrepreneurs Help Fix Education in Africa? Answer?

By Susan L. Robertson. Originally posted on the Education International Blog  ‘World Hack’ – a weekly BBC World Service radio broadcast  by presenter Kat Hawkins and reporter Sam Judah caught my attention  earlier this week for several reasons. The first was its title, which came in the form of a question: Can US Entrepreneurs Help Fix … Continue reading Hacked Off: Can Us Entrepreneurs Help Fix Education in Africa? Answer?

#ResNet: Wheeling and Dealing in Education and Global Trade Agreements

By Susan Robertson  As the minutes ticked down toward the final boarding call for my late evening train from London to Brussels, I was furiously typing up notes from a research report I had just read on the Trade in Services Agreement, otherwise known as TISA. The young man sitting next to me leaned over … Continue reading #ResNet: Wheeling and Dealing in Education and Global Trade Agreements

Recovering the political in the idea of education as a public good – and why this matters

By Susan Robertson Framing Education in Economic Terms On more than one occasion I have felt a distinct sense of unease at how much of educational activity is now framed in economic terms. Learners are ‘human capital’  – or to use a phrase that the economist, Gary Becker, coined – ‘an abilities machine’; education is an … Continue reading Recovering the political in the idea of education as a public good – and why this matters