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    Archive for March, 2011

    Education, the road to happiness

    By - 29 Mar 2011

    Despite what we have been told, money doesn’t seem to be sufficient to explain happiness, or at least not fully. According to data from Gallup’s Global Wellbeing report, countries are classified according to their wellbeing, defined as what their citizens think about their present and future lives. That is, their satisfaction and expectations.

    In these terms, the three highest ranking countries are Denmark, Finland, and Norway. Among those Latin American countries close to the top are Costa Rica (6), Panama (12), Brazil (13), and Mexico (18).

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    Cloning the best teachers in Latin America

    By - 22 Mar 2011

    We don’t have to be experts to recognize that the major factor in getting a good education is a good teacher. Think about your own experiences at school, and surely you can easily identify the teachers who made a big difference in your lives. In my opinion, the Latin American countries have many good teachers, from whom we can learn best practices and therefore replicate their results.

    For this reason I liked the presentation that Bill Gates gave this last week to the Governors Association of America.

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    Standardized tests: a race to nowhere?

    By - 11 Mar 2011

    I just saw “Race to Nowhere,” a documentary that is being widely discussed in the United States.

    This documentary was produced by a mother, Vicki Abeles, about the stress that school was causing her twelve-year-old daughter. The film is a critique of the “wave” of educational accountability sweeping the United States and which is manifested in the use—indiscriminate use, say critics—of standardized tests. This “wave” has no political affiliation, since it was adopted by both the Bush administration (No Child Left Behind) and that of President Obama (Race to the Top).

    “Race to Nowhere” spearheads a movement that challenges the concept of “educational success” measured by the number of college-level courses that high school students take (advanced placement), the quantity—not quality—of content learned, and above all by a meritocracy strictly based on individual success.

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