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One Million Signatures Campaign…دس لاکھ دستخط کیلئے مہم


I am posting this message as a friend of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), which has recently started a campaign to collect one Million Signatures on a message to the government of Pakistan and Pakistani politicians urging them to take practical steps to ensure provision of educational services as a ‘basic right’ for all children aged 5-16.  Follow […]

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School ‘Reform’: A Failing Grade by Diane Ravitch | The New York Review of Books


Diane Ravitch reviews Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools and As Bad as They Say: Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx. This debate on reform discourse in the US [particularly the implications of the NCLB act] needs to be closely watched/heard by educators elsewhere who are enamoured of the possibilities of […]

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pakistanpolicyideas | Thinking on economic, social and development policy issues


A number of colleagues, fellow researchers from the education field, civil society members, colleagues from the media and concerned citizens have been debating how to make education an issue in Pakistan. There is demand for education and parents, even in very constrained circumstances, are willing to pay what they can, to get their children educated. […]

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Standards…?


Some thoughts on standards motivated by a blog on the website of The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC). I am interested in and concerned about the talk of standards-based reforms in the developing countries.  My sense is that the talk about standards ignores the contextual differences in standards-based reforms across different countries. Thus, a lot of […]

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The British School Wars?


Recent education reforms, proposed and undertaken by the coalition government in Britain are aimed at shifting the provision of education from state agencies to providers that are presumably part of the so-called ‘big society’ [whatever that might mean]. But its not just conservatives who would like to see the state’s role changed from being a […]

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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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Education as a Political Issue? (1)


The apathy of the Pakistani political elite [and public] toward education is increasingly coming under scrutiny.  A few posts on this blog have also commented on this issue. (See, for example, Enlightened Self Interest).  This post extends this conversation with reference to the work of Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen. Dreze and Sen, in their book  […]

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Teacher is the Key


Posted on August 8, 2011 by Faisal Bari If you talk to public sector teachers or teacher representatives, across Pakistan, they tell you how frustrating their jobs are. They feel they are not given proper career paths (why can a teacher not reach Grade 22), their input, even in pedagogic and curriculum areas, is not taken into policymaking […]

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Enlightened Self-Interest


Posted on August 2, 2011 by Faisal Bari Also on the blog: http://pakistanpolicyideas.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/enlightened-self-interest/Dr Faisal Bari The argument for enlightened self-interest is about the public good and positive externality expected from having an educated populace and citizenry. This public mindedness is definitely and quite significantly missing in Pakistan Last week, I mentioned that at a recent gathering, some politicians […]

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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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