Tag Archives: Development

Why Geography is Good For You (And Why You Should Take It At School)


Don’t take Geography if you want to know what the capitals of the world’s countries are. Don’t take it if you’re interested in the major imports and exports of Tajikistan. And stay away from Geography if you like knowing the … Continue reading

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Home (Excerpted Quotes from the Movie by Yann Arthus-Bertrand)


HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (EXCERPTS) Catch the movie here: http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/en/films-tv/home Today, life, our life, is just a link in a chain of innumerable living beings that have succeeded one another on Earth over nearly four billion years. Our Earth relies … Continue reading

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Peeling Potatoes: The Peculiar Challenge of Teaching Teachers


(FROM THE ‘IT’S MY BLOGGY AND I’LL BLOG WHAT I WANT TO’ DEPARTMENT) A One-Armed Man in a Juggling Contest I used to think that teaching kids under the age of ten was the most difficult thing a teacher could … Continue reading

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No, We Are Not Civilized. Or, Why the 21st Century is Still Stuck in the 12th (The Persistence of Middle-Ages Mentality in the Modern Age)


Hans Rosling has shown us that the world is getting better. We have by far the greatest proportion of humanity moving out of absolute poverty that we have ever had. At the same time, Stephen Pinker proves that, remarkably, we … Continue reading

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A Terminal Tailspin (Why We Need a New Economic Order)


Even as the world economy falters, its champions are already predicting that the disease which afflicts it, though malign, is not terminal. They predict an ‘up turn’ within a few years of what is a very expected and ‘natural’ ‘down-turn’. … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Google: What About Africa?


Dear Google You have broken so many rules. You do things so differently. You are the first and last word in innovation. You are slowly making the world a better place. Well, most of the world anyway. You see, it … Continue reading

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40 Reasons Why I Will Never Be a Good Teacher


Here’s why, however hard I try, I will never be the great teacher I want to be…

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Why I Teach (Part 1)


I teach to see the lights go on behind young people’s eyes when they discover something new about the world.

I teach to awaken them to what they can really do if they try.

I teach to show them that there isn’t always an easy solution, and that appreciating ambiguity and uncertainty is often worth more than easy answers… Continue reading

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Reboot Diary: 15 Things I Took Away From #30GoalsEdu 2013


Wednesday 10 July 2013: Jazz and Strange Dinner Guests One of the many strange things about being a teacher is that your job and your life eventually become intertwined. You simply cannot leave work at work because there is always … Continue reading

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Useful Things: A Parable of 300 Years of Economic Development


The Great Ones built Machines. Magical Machines powered by steam and the energy which came from burning the compressed remains of ancient plants and creatures. But the Machines were hungry. The Great Ones fed large amounts of Raw Product into … Continue reading

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(G)RRR: ReImagining a Better World


In the days when the automobile was still young, a town’s streets were for mainly for pedestrians (and horses). Every so often a horse-drawn buggy would rattle past, and, rarer still, a banging, spluttering car – often preceded by a … Continue reading

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48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science


Note: This post was published in 2013 and it may be slightly out of date. UPDATE: Here are 20 more! (December 2015) After a year or two of tinkering and experimenting with apps for teaching / learning Geography, I have (finally) … Continue reading

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