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…

Top Ten Ways to Lose an Audience

Going to university means coming across things like this. Dedicated to us: students, citizens, spectators. We, the public. Here it goes: 10. Avoid eye contact. For example, looking at the screen. Remember: you crafted slides to augment what you say, not to replicate it.  Puzzled faces and hands raised are more important than being obsessively exhaustive. Plus: they…