Simon Janashia

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სიმონ ჯანაშია იკვლევს და ასწავლის განათლების პოლიტიკას, ადმინისტრირებას და სწავლების მეთოდებს ილიას სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტში. ის იყო სკოლების, “ქართული სასწავლებელი” და “გივი ზალდასტანის სახელობის ამერიკული აკადემიის” ისტორიის მასწავლებელი, ეროვნული სასწავლო გეგმებისა და შეფასების ცენტრის დამფუძნებელი დირექტორი. მისი ხელმძღვანელობით ილიას უნივერსიტეტის განათლების ადმინისტრირების პროგრამა დაარსდა. სიმონ ჯანაშია საქველმოქმედო ფონდ ბორანის, www.borani.org თანადამფუძნებლია.

სიმონ ჯანაშიას დამთავრებული აქვს თბილისის სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტი ისტორიის სპეციალობით, ჰარვარდის უნივერსიტეტის მაგისტრატურა განათლების სპეციალობით და ამჟამად დოქტორანტია კოლუმბიის უნივერსიტეტში.

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Who can be called an expert?

On 20 June, the interior ministry decided to put an end to the rumors that had been circulating for several months and published the crime statistics. The interior ministry asserts that during the first five months of 2014, as compared to the first five months of 2013, the level of crime fell.Is the data published by the interior ministry trustworthy?My answer is: this data has been totally falsified. It is not trustworthy.The simplest way to test the reliability of statistics is to compare...

School as a System for Disciplining Society

In the Soviet period, it was common practice among school teachers to threaten their pupils with a range of "extreme" punishments for poor performance and bad behavior. The content of the threats changed with the ascending age of the schoolchildren. In primary schools, children were threatened with being sent to schools for "underachievers" or the "mentally retarded," whilst teenagers were threatened with being sent to "vocational schools." If you attended school in that period, you might have...

The Arrested Development of the Teaching Profession

At night, a man stands under a lamppost trying to find a key that he has lost. A passerby notices his endeavor and offers to help. After searching for a while it becomes clear that there is nothing there, so the helper asks the man whether he is sure that he lost the key at that very place. No, responds the man, I have not lost it here, but this is the only place with light and that's why I am searching for it here.Sometimes, education policy decisions in Georgia are not taken according to a...

The Educated Elite in Public Service

In mid-March, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili met with students of Tbilisi State University. One critical statement and a question concerning the employment of new university graduates in the public sector, as was made by a student in that meeting, was especially interesting to me. In the prime minister's opinion, the state fails to take adequate care to ensure the employment of the best graduates in the public sector.Whether or not suitable conditions exist for employing...

Decreasing the Number of Pupils in a Class

The Georgian Ministry of Education and Sciences has put forward an initiative for revising the limit on the maximum number of pupils in a single class in schools. According to the existing regulation, the maximum number of students per class should be 30, or 35 in exceptional cases. As we have learned from a statement of the education minister, this number will be cut to a maximum of 25 students.Cutting the number of pupils per class is a popular move. However, it is important to realize that...

Institutionalization of Changes in the Education System

Despite periodic attempts to change the education system, the typical teaching process at today's schools looks very much like that of our parents' and grandparents' generation. The teaching process, both then and now, largely relies on the precise fulfillment of a standard program. Why have teaching attitudes not changed significantly when it has been years since new legislation, principles of management, systems of financing and other elements have been introduced?When discussing this problem...

The Birth of the Teaching Profession

Even though schools of the modern type have existed in Georgia for more than 200 years now, the profession of a teacher is only beginning to be formed now. How such a profession will be formed, and indeed whether it will exist at all, is an important issue for the success of the Georgian education system.Given the existence of teachers, how it is possible that the corresponding profession has not yet been formed? What can be considered a profession and what merely an occupation or vocation?...

In Search of the Best Education System

Can Georgia have the best school education system in the world? Will we achieve such heights if we plan our education policy properly, obtain the necessary resources and take each step reasonably? If you think the answers to these questions are simple, I will have to disappoint you. Not only is having "the best education system in the world" a doubtful ideal, but striving towards that can actually harm education policy. We must, therefore, set our orientations elsewhere.Finding the best...

Mass or Elite Higher Education?

In discussions about higher education one often hears the question: "why on earth should everyone study at university?" Indeed, should each and every school graduate have the right and possibility to study at university? And, if the answer is affirmative, what does that mean for our higher education system?Since the development of systems for the accreditation and authorization of universities and the establishment of the unified entry examination in Georgia, the admittance policy for students...

Education in Darkness

"In the Country of the Blind the One-Eyed Man is King," thinks Nuñez, the main character of The Country of the Blind – a short story by H. G. Wells. In the story, Nuñez finds himself cut off from the rest of the world in a settlement that for many generations has only been inhabited by blind people. He tries to explain to the blind what the visual world is like; he tells them about the sky, stars and sunset but this is all in vain. He believes that his eyesight will become a source of power,...

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