Thursday, November 11, 2004
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
East Asian Economy to Experience Slow-Down
The East Asia region excludes Japan and India, and sees China's slowing of its own economy, higher oil prices, and lessened demand for electronics and consumer products as the main causes. The IMF and ADB (Asian Development Bank) both cut predictions for growth by about 0.3%.
Slowed down economic growth can impact government revenues for education, as well as re-prioritize economic goals over other goals (such as education). It may also affect the status of investment indicators into these countries. Overall, not great news, but not decidedly bad news for the pursuing of EFA goals in the region.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
UNESCO Publishes EFA Global Monitoring Report for 2005
The number of children out of school is declining too slowly to meet UPE by 2015. Furthermore, no country outside of the developed world has achieved all four "measurable" goals of EFA (ECCE, UPE, literacy, and gender parity). There's a nice summary of the latest results called Headline Messages.
Education Reform Should Consider Workplace Skills
Some sample recommendations are the focusing of science on health issues and the environment, and an emphasis in math curricula on statistics. Another proposal is for English courses to be electives and oral and written communication courses to become compulsory. Extracurricular activities should follow New Jersey's reform called "Option Two" where students receive credit for internships, community service, and extracurricular activities.
Sunday, November 07, 2004
History of Education in the Twentieth Century
An incredibly substantial list of events, by year, and links to documents (looks like a mixture of student and faculty papers) describing each event.