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The ATS and APS?


Why do I feel that there is strong similarity between the low cost or Affordable Transport Services (ATS) and the so-called Affordable Private Schools (APS)? Let us take a look at the ATS.  In Pakistan, there are also several not so AT services, such as the Daewoo Bus Service (DBS) and other similar services. DBS […]

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The Affordable Private School?


I just turned my TV on only to hear this heartrending news: An overpacked ‘school’ bus, carrying 102 children from one Millat Grammar School of Faisalabad went down a chasm on the motorway near Kallar Kahar hills. At the time of writing this, 31 lives–including the school (vice?) principal, the driver and the conductor of […]

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Outcomes based Accountability?


In some previous posts (See here, here, here, here  and here) Just-questions voiced concerns about standardised testing as a basis for making teachers accountable for students’ learning.  Recently my friend Ajay Sharma drew my attention to a piece written by Nancy Folbre [an economist at University of Massachusettes] in NYT. She draws upon the economic theory to suggest that the high stakes tests-based […]

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Friends or competitors: Uneasy Relationship between Politics and Policy Sciences?


Following my last post, I had a fascinating exchange of emails with Lynn Fendler.  I am reproducing it below after some cleaning up of and additions to my own comments.  Lynn used the term ‘monetocracy’ to speak about the current shifting of balance from politics to markets.  This was enough of a prompt for me […]

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Amazon.com: Herbert Gintis’ review of The Idea of Justice


I just read a review of Sen’s book The Idea of Justice  on Amazon.com written by Herbert Gintis and thought the readers of this blog may find it interesting.  I have yet to lay my hands on the Sen’s book though. Herbert Gintis is co-author with Samuel Bowles of Schooling in Capitalist America. Published in late 1970s, the book […]

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Education as a cure all?


Somewhere, perhaps in the 1970s, the idea of rates of return became the overarching mythology of the policy discourse about education. Interestingly, this has not always been the case. In fact the first notable use of production functions in education was in 1960s when James Samuel Coleman wrote the famous Coleman Report [But my research […]

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Teaching Candidates Aplenty, but the Jobs Are Few – NYTimes.com


Teaching Candidates Aplenty, but the Jobs Are Few – NYTimes.com. All over the United States, the teacher education programs are under pressure because of the insufficient funds to hire newly trained teachers.  The article cited above describes the plight of graduates of teacher education programs from renowned teacher education schools in the United States, such […]

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Midterm report: Tanzania’s educational revolution needs investment | Global development | guardian.co.uk


Enrolment at primary schools nationwide has leapt from 59% in 2000 to 95.4% today, putting the impoverished country well on course to achieve the second millennium development goal (MDG) of primary school education for all by 2015… The progress has come with a lesson in the law of unintended consequences. Enrolment has grown so fast […]

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The Measurement Conundrum!


Michigan’s senate recently approved a broad overhaul to its 1937 teacher tenure act. This overhaul includes “teachers’ effectiveness,” as grounds for dismissal of tenured teachers. Teacher tenure, as the name says it all, is a form of job protection for the public school teachers, which makes it difficult for the school districts to fire the […]

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