It was interesting to read the range of commentary last week around the latest PISA results. If Australian students are slipping towards a mathematical wilderness, spare a thought for Finland who was out-ranked by Estonia. Yong Zhao‘s attempt at translating the Finnish newspapers was first-rate. The most balanced views on PISA came from Dr Ken … More What we can learn from PISA?
Recently I attended a meeting with Marc Tucker and Robert Schwartz, two senior education researchers and US government advisors on education policy. Hosted by the new Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation in the NSW Department of Education, this high level briefing provided an opportunity to discuss education policy in relation to worldwide trends and … More The Next West Wing
Why is it that so many students struggle with mathematics? It’s one of the questions I’ve been pondering after reading the work of MIT mathematician, Dr Seymour Papert. For me, Papert is becoming a modern John Dewey and his assessment of why children struggle is persuasive: I think part of the trouble with learning mathematics … More Extending mathematical understanding
The McKinsey report into ‘How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better’ was released last week. McKinsey examined 20 school systems around the world that are somewhere along the continuum of fair to great. These include Singapore and Ontario but also systems in developing countries like Brazil and India. These education are considered … More McKinsey 2010