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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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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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More than 200 D.C. teachers fired – D.C. Schools Insider – The Washington Post


This is to just keep following the rapidly changing policies about teachers in the U.S.  and their consequences. This blog will be on the look out for how these teacher policies will travel [whether or not] to other countries via ‘travelling reforms.’ [See the previous posts under this category as well.] They were dismissed for […]

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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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Teacher Tenure, other Debates, and Travelling Reforms


There is no question that ‘Teacher Tenure’ is becoming a hot political issue in the United States, and one which is worth following to develop some insights about the workings of political economy of education in the US.  In the 1990s, various factions in the U.S. were engaged in heated arguments over curriculum and standards.  There were […]

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