Comparing Best Practice Global Education Case Studies: All Just Apples and Oranges? | @cazzwebbo

“Don’t tell me how brilliant they are at education in Finland or Singapore! We don’t live there! It’s not the same! What works well there is based on their context, not ours! It works well because it’s there. Don’t compare us to them or try to make us do things their way!”

So react many when told about amazing results the education systems of those countries bring in general (Finland – dedicated students with great teacher working conditions) or in reference to particular subject areas (Singapore – maths, reading and science – see PISA 2015 results).

I do believe that you can’t…

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The Economics of Education: Can We Do Anything About It? | @cazzwebbo

If someone told you that a child was sitting exams in subjects that would earn them collectively two thirds less income maximum than the child sitting next to them in the same class, what would your reaction be? Might you say that perhaps earned income wasn’t a fair measure for the value of education and that perhaps said child might be ‘rich’ in other ways? Perhaps you might say that the said child didn’t want a career in the subject area the child next to them did, or that they had qualities and strengths that made them excellent in a trade that just didn’t give the same financial rewards…

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Are You an Educational Social Entrepreneur? | @cazzwebbo

Who has the opportunity for education? Who doesn’t? What opportunities does that include? Who is left out? To whose and what detriment?

We could use those questions as a starting point for an interesting discussion at a variety of social levels: the family, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

A key assumption would be that individual educational achievement and success impacts on the good of society as a whole, and therefore it is a matter of social responsibility that we help all individuals, at every level, to access education and achieve in it.

Beyond the values and…

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Just the facts? | @cazzwebbo

Questions for Debate

Who selects the facts?

If we didn’t have facts, would we have opinions?

If we didn’t have opinions, would we need to go back to the facts?

Are facts open to interpretation?

Do we ever have all the facts?

How do we know when a fact is a fact?

Is a fact a fact only until we can prove it wrong?

To ensure something is a fact must we be able to test it?

Is this the nature of science?

Can we make the teaching of English scientific?

Should we have a sub-discipline of English language and literature called English facts? Or are English language and…

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A UAE 600ft tall outdoor climbing wall – but what to call it? | @cazzwebbo

While I’m travelling through the UAE desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi at the speed of light on the ‘Desert Bullet’ and I whiz past the 300m high Golden Camel while drones the size of hot air balloons lift sightseers on top to have their souvenir photos taken, my mind drifts to what else the UAE needs to start breaking more world records.

One thing that came to mind was a climbing wall. So I googled that and it turns out that Abu Dhabi is actually all set to have the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, ‘Clymb’, which is due to open next to Yas Mall next year. It’s going to be 43 meters,…

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My UAE statue will be bigger than yours… a golden camel, pearl or something else though? | @cazzwebbo

The Wikipedia list of the world’s tallest statues (see surprisingly does not include any in the UAE. Neither does the UAE appear to have any large statues in the pipeline if this list ( of planned statues is anything to go by.

So what would the UAE have to do to break current and forthcoming planned world’s largest statue records? Firstly, they would have to construct something that was taller than Myanmar’s current Laykyun Setkyar depicting Buddha and…

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Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 15 minutes by ‘Desert Bullet’? Bring it on! | @cazzwebbo

This is nothing to do with teaching or English, unless you want to connect this post to the use of superlatives… Dubai and the UAE are famous for attempts to break the biggest and best in records for global competitiveness. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa currently stands as the tallest building in the world. The Burj Al Arab is the world’s only 7 star hotel. The Emirate’s Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi is the world’s most expensive hotel. The next few years will also see the development of the world’s biggest mall. What else could we dream about seeing in the UAE that would break new highs while also making…

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