Perché l’istruzione

Credo ci siano principalmente tre motivi per cui è eccitante, oltre che necessario, occuparsi d’istruzione. Non mi riferisco alle motivazioni classiche, ormai trite e ritrite: la necessità di formare una coscienza critica, la conoscenza come strumento di libertà, indipendenza e autonomia, l’importanza per il progresso economico e sociale, il contributo in termini di uguaglianza. Motivazioni…

Seven big myths about school systems

The man in charge of the PISA tests, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence from around the world reveals some big myths about what makes for a successful education system. 1. Disadvantaged pupils are doomed to do badly in school Results show that the 10% most disadvantaged 15-year-olds in Shanghai have better maths skills than the…

10 Right-Wing Lies on Taxation

Modern conservatives have been lying about taxes pretty much from the beginning of their movement. Made-up sob stories about family farms broken up to pay inheritance taxes, magical claims about self-financing tax cuts, and so on go all the way back to the 1970s. But the selling of tax cuts under Trump has taken things…