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How not to improve education in India  Posted on 06/27/2014
Some great analysis from MINT who highlight a new Government of India report, which ranks state education "outcomes".What is odd is that the government rank has a negative correlation with the rankings of the Pratham report which...
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Don't shit on your own doorstep  Posted on 06/12/2014
I was talking to a water and sanitation programme manager a few weeks ago, who seemed frustrated that these stupid people kept crapping everywhere. Why would you shit on your own doorstep? The programme had several "behaviour...
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Why governments don't like private schools?  Posted on 06/03/2014
Here are a few excerpts from the new textbook delivered to millions of primary school children in Venezuela:1. The first page of each [book] starts with the words “Hugo Chavez: Supreme Commander of the Bolivarian Revolution.”...
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Does growth always depend on natural resources?  Posted on 05/28/2014
George Monbiot writes:"Economic growth is an artefact of the use of fossil fuels."Is this right? Actually most economists think that growth is driven by ideas and innovation not raw inputs. This 3 minute video by Deidre McCloskey...
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The origins of "the dismal science"  Posted on 04/16/2014
"This viewpoint infuriates some critics of economics, to the extent that it earned the famous nickname of “the dismal science”. Too few people know the context in which Thomas Carlyle hurled that epithet: it was in a...
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Do teachers skip class because of low pay?  Posted on 04/15/2014
Teacher absenteeism is a huge problem in developing countries, wasting up to a quarter of all spending on primary education in developing countries.The 2014 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, which was launched in London last...
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  • am4a 29 January 2011 17:27:51

    just cannot wait to see the outcome of the referendum.

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