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Right side of the brain school report card?

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Accountancy firm Ernst and Young in 2015 removed degree classification from the entry criteria for its hiring programmes. They found “no evidence” that success at university was correlated with achievement at the workplace. Laszlo Bock, Google’s former Senior Vice-President of People Operations for the last decade, has said that while good grades don’t hurt, they’re “worthless as a criteria for hiring.” He said that hirers should be “less concerned about grades and transcripts and more interested in how you think.? Both companies, and many more who have followed their lead, are saying loud and clear to educators “your education model [...]

A rural Indian School setting the standard for education globally

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One of the most interesting talking points that came out of the Global Teacher Prize and Global Education and Skills Forum 2017 (GESF) held in Dubai, UAE, last month, was that education – the way we know it and has come to be – is massively broken. Instead of a collective pat on the back for the world’s teachers, school principals, education ministers and everyone else involved, this was a time of reckoning. The overwhelming message is that we need to teach our kids to be more inclusive. Only then will they have even the slightest chance of succeeding in the redefined world we live in and become true global citizens. Surprisingly, the clarion call came from Andreas Schleicher, director [...]

Homeschooling Part 3- A Teenage Daughter

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This is an exclusive interruption  We continue our home-schooling series with the story of another set of amazing parents taking education into their own hands as the best option for their child. As the first set of youths in our home-schooling feature, I also had the distinct pleasure of meeting this home-schooled young lady at one of our Business Bootcamp for youths in January 2017. To be honest, she stood out. She was super confident in what she wanted to do as a business, she displayed incredible poise and she had mad confidence. The younger females latched on to her immediately. There was nothing about her that would have suggested to me or any of the other youths attending [...]

Three Moves that can be Game-Changing for Education

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This article originally appeared modified in the Khaleej Times. At the UAE Education Public Policy Forum this past month, hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, the room voted in majority and sent the following message to the present Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Education: Public education quality should be the same as private education; It is the schools who are responsible for educating youths to fit the job market; The curriculum being taught is primarily to blame for students not being prepared for the workforce. We live in a world where an Uber self-driving car will soon drive by us on highways. The innovation highway of the transportation sector should be on [...]

Homeschooling Part 1 – A Muslim Mother’s Story

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I was in Tobago earlier this year. On a riding adventure at Healing with Horses, I was accompanied by three beautiful home-schooled children. The eldest girl wore her  hijab swim-wear confident and brave. Her younger brother was the most calm, collected young man I have seen in a while.  And their smallest sibling held her own controlling her horse with stern  ‘Walk on” commands whenever he lagged behind. I was fascinated by these children. Veronica, our host at Healing with Horses shared with me they came riding three days a week as part of their schooling.  I was fascinated. This has now led me on a Home-Schooling adventure which I will share with you in the next couple of [...]

The 21st Century Student Scorecard

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  The challenge of designing curricula to prepare students for an unpredictable future is compounded by the even-greater challenge of evaluating their readiness for it. Added to this is the fact that we really do not know what it means when we say we are preparing students 21st century skills ready. We have no idea what skills we will need 5 years from now so trying to predict the skills need for the entire 21st century (January 1, 2001, and will end on December 31, 2100)  is not possible. Yet we must recognize the educational shifts highlighting the importance of 21st century skills, the ones we know today that are needed, as a mean in assessment design. Education policy makers [...]