This has been an interesting week for GET.
We have had the respected educator Neale Pitches provide an article to GET and Jeff Johnstone survived the many floods in Indonesia.
We also saw at least one state in America try to distance itself from the Common Core controversy by simply renaming the new system. It didn't convince many that something new was afoot.
Australians thought their schools were getting taken over by Gaia worship and moved to ensure the separation of church and schools, as those in the US call it.
The Times of India reports that there is no country-wide quality mechanism for Indian public schools and the nation is in shock at the results for learners - with a population of over 1. Billion. The report includes:
"Firstly, till date there was no dedicated mechanism for ensuring quality education in our schools. Now we are going to appoint area education officer, who will monitor at least 50 schools and keep vigil and work dedicatedly to ensure quality education in schools." More here.
Michelle Obama tells the Washington Post that her experience and background can motivate more to stay in school, set high goals and experience success.
Apple Computer gives away gift cards for its own online stores to entice Australian and New Zealand schools to buy Mac products while one school in the middle of NZ turns off their WIFI "after a survey of parents revealed concerns about radiation exposure."
Finally, In Indonesia's students are happy but failing, says a report by the OECD. It says the emphasis on rote learning "cannot bridge the gap between their knowledge and its practical implementation".
We complete with an older but fantastic animation based on Sir Ken Robinson's views. We love this talk and the animation that accompanies it to challenge our notions of what education means and what is does for us.
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