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Food for Thought

This page contains the collection of ideas presented in the column " Food for Thought" in different issues of our e-newsletter "Education Policy Matters!"

Food for Thought: Issue 11, December 2012

"Education is the single best investment nations can make to build prosperous, healthy and equitable societies. Education unleashes potential in the individual and society to solve the problems of today, address the challenges of tomorrow and live in a world free of poverty." » more

Food for Thought: Issue 10, November 2012

The students from Lopez National Comprehensive High School in the Philippines share their thoughts on the future of learning in "'Learning out of the Board and Beyond' » more 

Food for Thought: Issue 9, October 2012

"Contrary to conventional wisdom, Shanghai’s approach of reducing teaching time frees up a significant amount of time outside classrooms for teachers to carry out preparatory activities that have a positive association with student learning."  Source: Grattan Institute

Food for Thought: Issue 8, September 2012

"For many years, we published the academic bands of secondary schools to spur them to higher standards. It created a public perception that schools are measured strictly by academic grades. From this year, we will abolish the banding of schools. There is no single yardstick to measure how “good” schools are."  Source: Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister of Education,Singapore

Food for Thought: Issue 7, August 2012

"While the majority of migrants in the Asia-Pacific region traditionally went to Europe, the United States, and the Middle East; the largest migration flows are now within the region. As of 2010, among the estimated number of international migrants originating from Asia, 50.67 per cent (39,467,000) reside within the region."  Source: Migration Policy Institute, 2010. World Migration Map.

Food for Thought: Issue 6, July 2012

"Learning by rote: why Australia should not follow the Asian model of education... A testing paradox highlights the key problem with the East Asian education systems, as well as the danger of holding them up as something to emulate." Source: Nicola Yelland, University of Victoria  

Food for Thought: Issue 5, June 2012

“Today’s global economy is based primarily on abstract knowledge, divorced from our natural and cultural surroundings.  It has allowed us to build a system of production and consumption that is entirely incompatible with natural ecosystems.”  » Source: Helena Norberg-Hodge

Food for Thought: Issue 4, May 2012

"We are living in an era of rapid technological advancement, demographic shifts, and climate change. The way in which so many changes are interacting, combined with the dramatic readjustments after the recent global financial crisis, means that change is occurring at a dizzying pace," stated UNESCO Bangkok Director, Mr Gwang-Jo Kim. »more

Food for Thought: Issue 3, April 2012

"It is not enough for countries to build education programmes in isolation; they must also consider how others are developing their TVET programmes. This is a globalised society. It's time we thought more broadly about TVET and skills development." » more