Essential reading for anyone interested in education Cleverlands is a virtuoso tour through the world’s best school systems and most important ideas informing education today. In equal parts affirming and provoking, it shows what goes on behind closed classroom doors in Finland, Singapore, Japan, China and Canada.I found it to be completely fascinating. I loved the combination of tales and ideas. Finnish teacher autonomy and Dan Pink’s Motivation 3.0. Shanghai maths lessons and KFC. Singaporean streaming and eugenics. All this is…
Relevant and timely ‘Cleverlands’ is one of the most relevant and thought-provoking educational books I have read. It is well written, but more importantly perfectly timed. In the ongoing discussion focused on the future of education in this country with examples and ideas thrown in, often randomly and taken out of context, this book gives us an opportunity to stop and evaluate. I have learnt a few lessons from it. Firstly culture and education are in twinned, therefore one cannot just take something out and…
What is the secret of education in Clever Lands? This is a fascinating, powerful and important book. It should be read carefully by policy-makers as well as by teachers. Lucy Crehanâs approach has been to visit schools in countries with a high ranking in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) to see whether she could extract common factors in their educational systems that might contribute to their success. She visited Finland, China, japan, Singapore and Canada. Her method was to get immersed in each countryâs educational…
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