Archive | July, 2011

Horace Mann’s Lectures on Education – Google Books


Here I am pasting two excerpts, from documents issued around the same time, but in two different locations.  Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859) was as an advocate of mass education in the United States and Thomas Babington Macaulay (25 October 1800 – 28 December 1859) was an advocate of a certain kind […]

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The Revolution, Napoleon, and Education


The article from which I have excerpted below is about history of mass education in France. I will discuss this and a few other pieces from histories of mass education for the readers of this blog as I find some more time over the weekend.   The purpose of this series of posts in history […]

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Education Week: Is 2011 Milton Friedman’s Year of School Choice?


Friedman noted that education had been stuck in a 19th-century model for decades, producing results that hadn’t kept up with our fast-paced world. That’s why he offered his vision of privatizing a portion of the educational establishment with school choice, to provide a variety of learning opportunities for students and to offer competition to public […]

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Any Standardised Test is Inauthentic?


‘Any standardised test is inauthentic and that you do not need to test in order to assess’…Provocative, ain’t it? Before you read on, let me say that this post, like some [not all] of the other posts on this blog, is an attempt to provide the readers of this blog with a range of opinions […]

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A Question about the Class Divide and its Exploitation? | Slavoj Žižek | guardian.co.uk


Slavoj Zizek again!  Please do not think that I belong to the fan club of a particular philosopher, in this case Zizek.  I, am, however, tracking Zizek’s articles, since he, for one, is usually saying and doing something unexpected and subversive.  In the article that I refer below, he uses NYT reporting of the 2009 […]

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Public Demand for Education Reform | pakistanpolicyideas | Some Reflections


Another delightful article on education that I had the opportunity to read today, speaks of absence of enough pressure by citizenry for quality education in Pakistan, despite a strong demand for education revealed in the survey research.  Interesting and important problem to think about! As put by Dr. Faisal Bari: We know that the demand […]

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Glenn Beck likens Norwegian dead to Hitler youth | Media | The Guardian


Glenn Beck does it again!  Read the Guardian report below, particularly its last paragraph: Glenn Beck, the rightwing US broadcaster and Tea Party favourite, has compared those who were massacred on the Norwegian island of Utøya to the Nazi party’s youth wing. “There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like […]

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Courts and Education Reforms?


I provided several links to court cases related to educational issues in the United States in some posts on this blog [See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6].  These are cases where litigants challenge the constitutionality of one or the other aspect of education decision making/financing etc. in the United States.  There must be similar cases in […]

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The other side of the coin | pakistanpolicyideas | Some Reflections


A couple of days ago, I wrote about some issues related to the use of standardised testing for accountability on this blog.  In an update to the same post, I mentioned a statement issued by a gathering of members of Pakistan’s academic, civil, and political society at the Harvard University.  This statement also mentioned the idea of minimum standards […]

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Education in Mother Tongue?


The opinions on the use of language can fall in various categories.  There is the politico-cultural issues of identification.  When the language of a people is taken out from the school and the office, it is perceived by them as downgraded and rendered secondary to some other more privileged language.  This is bound to cause […]

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