There are many vomit-inducing consequences of the marketisation of education systems across the world. One of the more pungent is the continued use of inane vocabulary applied to nuanced and complicated situations. Now, I’ve come to expect it in the UK; in the public services, we surrendered to manager-speak and jargon many years ago. But… Read More Unacceptable Language
One of the many privileges of spending time in UAE schools is hearing the national anthem being blasted out by schoolchildren at 7.30am, just before the start of lessons each day. Emotive, communal singing is always a joy, whether as a participator or a listener. As the children sing, the national flag is flown aloft,… Read More National Anthems
I went to Mass on Saturday at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubai, where the congregation numbered in excess of 1500 people. They were still pouring in as the priest began his sermon. It was remarkable for someone like me who has never known non-European Catholicism. However, what was truly inspirational was the area outside the… Read More St Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubai.
I’m now in Dubai among some of the tallest and newest towers of the world. They really are hugely impressive and a feat of human strength, creativity and desire (and rather a lot of money). I’ve been reading up on the plans for educational development in the country and its vision for 2021. The ‘Vision… Read More Learning Tower of PISA?