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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Greek Higher Ed: Rankings are a motivation abroad, too

We're back in Athens after our adventure out into the countryside to see the history of civilization and the origins of democracy, learn about the collapse of monarchy, and the tenacity of polytheism. Yesterday our team split up to conduct interviews with local officials and industry representatives to obtain first hand information on the impact of the Greek economy on various aspects of Greek culture. One team that is studying education submitted this report:

Caitlin Olwell - My team visited the American Community School (ACS), an international private school for kindergarten through high school. ACS teaches an American education curriculum and draws enrollment from all over the world, providing an alternative to local education and preparing students to attend college abroad. The Director of Enrollment provided his observations about the state of public school education in Greece, telling us that education funding is limited. Because teachers' salaries have been cut by 25-30%, teachers seek to moonlight in other activities for additional income. The Director characterized teachers' activities as "on the fringe of legality," because Greek public sector employees are prohibited from stacking jobs. Concurrently, parents hire these public school teachers as private tutors for additional help in reaching the goal of sending their children abroad for college studies. Parents will also refinance their homes to provide a better education for their children, motivated by the fact that the best Greek university is ranked only 300 in the world.

More to come about the Greek public and private sector.

Posted by DBorman on March 20, 2013 at 05:06 AM | Permalink


It appears that Chicago teachers believe that you have mischaracterized the situation.


I wonder what other mischaracterizations there are by Borman

Posted by: no b.s. | Apr 1, 2013 4:53:28 PM

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