Stories about Education from July, 2006
Georgia: United National Exams
Ana praises Georgia's new higher education entrance exams, which are designed to limit opportunities for corruption and ensure that students entering higher education institutions are adequately educated and prepared for higher degrees.
India: First a blackboard, then the laptop
Atanu Dey on why One Laptop Per Child isn't the right solution to India's education issues. “Attention and funds need to be directed to those issues first before one starts buying laptops by the millions. Fact is that we need basic education (literacy, numeracy, etc) and secondary education.”
Mexico: Poll Numbers and Teachers Strike
It's Friday! That's right, time for Boz's famous poll numbers, wherein 48% of surveyed Mexicans believe there should be a recount while 53% believe that Calderon won the election. Lopez Obrador isn't among them, however, says Ana Maria Salazar: “After López Obrador proclaimed himself the winner of the presidential election;...
India: The hundred dollar laptop
The Nanopolitan comments on the government deciding not to go ahead with the hundred dollar laptop.
China: school close down
Peijin Chen in Shanghaiist puts together reports and commentaries concerning the shut down of a school because of high tuition fees. “The story of this school illuminates interesting issues confronting Chinese education and society.“
Fiji: Introducing a Fiji Webresource
The Babasiga blog introduces a web resource on Fiji. The site run by Australia based anthropologist Rod Ewins features old drawings, maps and engravings about Fiji.
Armenia: Military Training
ArmYouth Blog discusses the possible motives for the introduction of military training at younger ages in Armenian schools.
Light in darkness, Petroleum prices in Ghana, Famine and Education in Cameroon
Read about Light in darkness, Petroleum prices in Ghana, Famine and Education in Cameroon.
Oaxaca: Photographing the Teacher's Strike
Mark in Mexico headed down to the city's Zócolo to assess and photograph ground zero of the teacher's strike. He describes the scene with patent sarcasm: “I took no photos because here is where most of the anarchists, socialists, communists and revolutionary groups have set up shop. There is every...
Chile, Argentina: One Laptop per Child
Tomás Pollak writes that the Organization of American States supports Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop per Child plan as a solution to the digital divide throughout Latin America (ES). Meanwhile, Ariel Vercelli has posted an audio file (mp3 and ogg) of a recent discussion about implementing One Laptop per Child in...
Pakistan: Going abroad to study
Shirazi at Light Within reflects on why so many students from Pakistan go abroad to study. “In 1947, there was only one University of the Punjab. Today, we have almost 35 universities in the public sector, more than 100 in the private sector, and this number is growing with newer...
Iran: Dark days for Communication Sciences
Farid Modaresi, journalist & student activist says University of Communication Sciences is facing very dark days. The blogger adds several academics are forced to leave university such as Dr. Namk Doost [Fa]. Modaresi says university professors should do something and do not practice wait & see philosophy. They should be...
East Asia: Americanization of legal education
Curzon in Coming Anarchy blogs about the trend in Americanization of East Asian legal education in Japn and South Korea.
Bolivia: Indigenous Studies Versus Global Competitiveness
Jaime Escalante, the real life Bolivian math teacher portrayed by Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver, argues that too much emphasis on indigenous language and education will take away from the global competitiveness of Bolivian students.
Thailand: Making Colleagues Jealous
Andrew Biggs in Thailand has one of the best jobs in the world. “When I got back to the office, all the male staff were very jealous of me. They wanted to know why I hadn’t invited them to go along with me.”
Hong Kong: learning from parent
ESWN translates a blogpost from learned friend on how children are being influenced by their parent in racial stereotype. “To the parents of the children — how do you teach your children!“
Tajikistan: Russian “Illiteracy”
Elizabeth writes about the decline in Russian language abilities in Tajikistan.
Belarus: Scholarship Fraud and Brain Drain
TOL's Belarus Blog writes about scholarship fraud and the connection between scholarships and brain drain.
Hong Kong: Tree policy
The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been trying to upgrade their campus to international standard by large scale construction; and hundreds of trees in the campus are at stake. Yeahayeah in between psychosis and hysteria criticizes the university administration body and the Hong Kong government in their “management” rationality...
Philippines: Exporting nurses to the world
The most popular college degree in the Philippines today is nursing. More than 100,000 Filipino nurses have left the country to seek better opportunities.
The blogger at bruneiresources blog looks at the various subsidies that a Brunei citizen enjoys in the Kingdom. The blogger also introduces a local cartoonist's blog at the end of the post.