Monday, 16 December 2013

Julia Gillard features at Brookings- News and views for Monday 16 December 2013

News and views noted along the way.
  • The Path Forward for Improving Education – Julia Gillard writes: “Recently I sat down in the Brookings studio with colleagues from the Center for Universal Education to discuss trends and opportunities in global education. There has been much improvement in the global dialogue on the importance of education and I believe there are many opportunities to leverage in the near future.Our conversation touched on these opportunities and on the challenges that still remain. We discussed extending education and learning to marginalized groups—particularly girls—and the potential promise that new technologies offer in both streamlining our educational systems and as direct learning tools. I also discussed my work at Brookings, which focuses on measuring what is happening in schools in order to best improve them—a subject that I aim to address informed with my experience of building trust with teachers and other important stakeholders.”
  • Renminbi Rising?
  • Britain’s policy on Syria has just been sunk, and nobody noticed – “The final bankruptcy of American and British policy in Syria came 10 days ago as Islamic Front, a Saudi-backed Sunni jihadi group, overran the headquarters of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) at Bab al-Hawa on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey. The FSA, along with the Syrian National Coalition, groups that the United States and Britain have been pretending for years are at the heart of Syrian military and political opposition, has been discredited. The remaining FSA fighters are in flight, have changed sides, or are devoting all their efforts to surviving the onslaught from jihadi or al-Qa’ida-linked brigades.”
  • Asset bubbles loom over 2014 – “Cash is so cheap these days that investors have been borrowing and plowing them in assets from artwork to wine to bitcoins, betting that prices would rise. And rise they did, some even setting records, but market watchers are now warning that asset bubbles may be forming and could well burst in 2014.”
  • Socialism: Converting Hysterical Misery into Ordinary Unhappiness – “The Left wants to give people the chance to do something with their lives, by giving them time and space away from the market.”
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