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"Some less-heralded high performers, such as Poland and Estonia, have also been investing in teachers, as well as toughening up their curriculums. Estonia in particular has managed to combine impressive rigour with modernity, recently introducing computer coding for all first-year primary students."
"Far Eastern students spend more time in school, more time in after-school lessons and more time on homework. And the work they are doing is harder and more complex. When a pupil falls behind, it is assumed they will be able to catch up with the right intervention rather than that they are “low ability”."
"…how do poor children in Asian countries do so well? Only 6 per cent of the UK’s poorest quartile of pupils appear in the highest quarter of maths performers globally. In Japan and South Korea the figure is twice as high. In Shanghai and Hong Kong it is four times higher. The poorest quartile of students in Shanghai do better in maths than the richest in the UK."
"When Pisa was first released, the Germans were so astonished at their relatively poor results that they invented a new word: Pisa-Schock."
"But most importantly, students need humility. MBAs must learn to understand and accept what they don’t know and not be quick to come to conclusions or impose their own structures or assumptions about how things work."
"…language skills are crucial. The ability to understand another culture cannot occur without being able to speak the language and therefore understand underlying values and belief systems.
Also, the ability to understand another culture cannot occur without spending time in that culture and assimilating its assumptions, guiding principles and institutional context. The MBA learning process must therefore include an experiential component.
Further, students must develop the lens of a political scientist to understand the basic attributes of socioeconomic systems, business-government relations, governance systems and the basic forms or patterns that are emerging in the world. And they must also develop the analytical skills of a cultural anthropologist to study and process indigenously sourced ethnographic, linguistic, social and psychological data."
"…assume that government is the primary market maker and that fundamental institutions and mechanisms of capitalism, such as individual property rights, market-based prices and capital flows, do not exist. Assume that the institutions underpinning the economic model are largely informal and are not codified. And finally, assume an economic model based on religious principles that depart significantly from Judeo-Christian foundations.
While such economic models have existed for some time, they are rapidly expanding in number, presence and importance. And while we might have previously taken it for granted that such economies would eventually move towards western capitalism, it is increasingly clear these “varieties of capitalism” are systemic and enduring. The result is that with globalisation, national borders are becoming more important rather than being diminished."
"…one DVLA worker was sacked for using Facebook on his own phone."
"Companies that installed digital platforms—ERP and CRM systems, real-time data warehouses, and homegrown core information systems—over the past 10 to 15 years have not yet cashed in on the information those platforms make available. In addition, adopting evidence-based decision making is a difficult cultural shift: Work processes must be redefined, data must be scrubbed, and business rules must be established to guide people in their work. The good news is that once companies have made the cultural change, they usually don’t go back, and their operating improvements are not easily replicated by competitors."