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The Weekly Blog from the Head

21 November 2014: Is today’s education fit for purpose? I recently attended a fascinating lecture by the internationally renowned scholar Dr Yong Zhao, where he considered this very question – is our current educational system fit for purpose? He used the statistic that 53% of US graduates were unemployed, yet American employers could not find the people they wanted to do the work, to make his point. The employers wanted graduates who could think, work independently and be creative and flexible in their thinking. They were not finding these skills in the graduates looking for work. Today’s schools and universities, he argued, were preparing pupi... Read More

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