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Education Week: Startups Seek to Master the Education Market


It has begun to happen big time–this flow of venture capital into education market. The private sector’s stake in public schools have always been there.  The textbook sector and school meals sectors, for example, which are also mentioned in this article. But flow of venture capital into education markets has only recently exploded. Less than […]

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University ‘market’ is a con | Stefan Collini | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk


A friend had recently suggested that the cost of supporting the so-called private school ‘market’ was underestimated.  He pointed out that the costs associated with mechanisms that were being put in place by the government to support the so-called ‘education market place’ were not being taken into full consideration when estimating the reductions in public […]

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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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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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