· September, 2007

Stories about Education from September, 2007

Libya: Childless Mornings

  20 September 2007

“The kid's have really started school. And guess what? They are all going in the morning! This is the first time this has ever happened. I actually have peaceful and childless mornings! I've dreamed about this for years and years,” writes an ecstatic Khadija Teri from Libya.

Japan: Moral Education Plan Withdrawn

  20 September 2007

Debito comments on the withdrawal of moral education plan proposed by former Prime Minister Abe: teaching (and grading) “patriotism”, would leave Japan’s children of international roots in a bind–how can they “love” Japan “properly”, in a way quantifiably gradable?

UAE: Elaborate Ceremony for the New Academic Year

  18 September 2007

Brn, from Al Ain, UAE, writes about the elaborate ceremonies staged to usher in the new academic year at the university. “Each year, Sheikh Nahayan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, as well as Chancellor of the UAE University, comes to give his opening address, and the red...

Egypt: Great Women

  17 September 2007

“Today is officially the first day of the academic year in Egypt and for this occasion I would like to talk a little about a woman who helped pave the way for other women to become teachers, school principals and professionals in all fields, the woman who contributed to the...

Dominica: Safe Sex

  17 September 2007

“Carnival in the Caribbean is a ribald time. Lots of drinking, lots of dancing, lots of s-e-x”: Living Dominica is happy to see condom use being promoted on the island.

China: Has Crazy English gone crazy?

  17 September 2007

“Stand up, those who refused to be slaves……,” This is what Chinese national anthem tells. But in a class by Li Yang in Crazy English, over 3000 students kneeled down to their teachers. Is this a real thanksgiving or just a brainwashing of how to be a slave?

Argentina: Educ.ar Website is Back

  17 September 2007

The Argentine educational web portal Educ.ar [ES] is back up and running. Martin Varsavsky, whose foundation provided the funds to create the site, writes on his blog that he is pleased that the site had been relaunched [ES].

Japan: NOVA unable to pay its employees

  15 September 2007

James at Japan Probe reports the news that NOVA, Japan's largest chain of English schools suffering from a deepening financial crisis, has postponed paying its English teachers this month.

Jamaica: Reverse Colonisation

  12 September 2007

Marlon James blogs about what he calls his “colonisation in reverse”, and why he felt he needed to leave Jamaica: “I love my country but I’ve never missed it, perhaps because I have never forgotten the reasons I left.”

Bahamas: Best Little Country?

  11 September 2007

Craig Butler, blogging at Bahama Pundit, would like to think that the Bahamas is “the best little country in the world…but then the reality sets in and I have to check myself.”

Kannada: Bow to the Cynara within!

  10 September 2007

Tina writes meditatively about a“Cynara that exists within us”. She is referring to the poem Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson. Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed Upon my soul between the kisses...

Morocco: Low Voter Turnout

  10 September 2007

The September 7 Moroccan legislative elections brought surprising results...and surprisingly low voter turnout. What do Moroccan bloggers think about the winning party? Jillian York has the story.

Bahrain: Getting It Out of Your System…

  9 September 2007

We have a world of contrasts in Bahrain this week. The summer vacation is over, which makes some bloggers happy, and others miserable. Religious scholars – respect or despise them? One blogger compares blogs in the USA and in the Arab world. And our star post this week is a description of how to detox, Bahrain-style…

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