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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The Prestige of a Teacher Simon Janashia

A decade ago, an experiment was held in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. Faced with increasing amounts of petrified wood being stolen from the park, a group of researchers put up four different warning signs for visitors at the start of various paths:The vast majority of past visitors have left the petrified wood in the park, preserving the natural state of the Petrified Forest;Many past visitors have removed the petrified wood from the park, changing the state of the Petrified...

The Pedagogy of Waiting

Some time ago I came to listen to a dialogue between two teachers. At first, I wanted to get involved, but then decided to just listen and record their conversation in order to communicate it to you. Naturally, I sought their consent and they are not against you also becoming involved in the discussion of this topic. I left their first names unchanged but cannot disclose their surnames. I will stop here, but if you subsequently decide to continue discussing this topic, both I and they will be...

The Concept of School Districts

An English JokeA man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."The woman below replied, "You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.""You must be a teacher," said the balloonist."...

The Conflict Between Private and Public Interests in the Education System

When education becomes compulsory a natural conflict arises between the interests of members of society and the state. Gaining a deeper insight into the essence of this conflict may highlight problems which are sometimes attributed to the inability of certain politicians or school principals or to the inactivity of society. In reality, the problems stem from the education system itself and understanding these problems may help us discover ways for improvement. Schools, methods of mass...

Think and Act for a Better Education System

For almost a century now the expression “think globally, act locally” has been popular in the West. Any person working in the education sector will likely have heard this phrase often. For many, it means going beyond their local context, away from the details of their daily lives, to thinking on a larger scale and being guided by universal values. Clearly, having such vision is beneficial in many ways. But we should also understand that by improperly perceiving this concept we may inflict harm...

The Georgian Dream’s First Report Card: an Assessment of its Initial Education Policies

T he plans and decisions that have been made concerning education policy since the Georgian Dream political coalition came to power can be classified into three categories: 1) clearly positive changes; 2) those which have a positive intention but which are problematic to plan and implement; and 3) clearly negative decisions. In general, the rhetoric of public officials is often more correct than the decisions they have taken. The clearly positive changes follow two main directions – freedom...

Educating the Vulnerable

Situation in Schools On the last September of the final year of the Twentieth Century, some 60,078 confused, scared, happy and curious children entered a classroom for their very first time ever. By the time that generation reached its legal school age, the majority of schools had been refurbished, heated and equipped. The length of the educational cycle had been extended to a full twelve years. More teachers had begun applying modern planning, evaluation and learning methodologies. School...

Stars on Enlightened Sky

The Georgian Ministry of Education and Sciences has introduced a new system of evaluating schools. Similar to the way hotels are rated by travel guides, the schools are rated by the Ministry on the basis of various criteria and awarded from one to ten stars. Evaluative information about each school is then published on the Ministry website. According to the information posted on the Ministry website, the highest number of stars awarded so far to any evaluated school in Georgia is nine. No...

Lesson of Intimidation

 On 24 November, Minister of Education and Science Dimitri Shashkin held a meeting with school principals. With regard to one of the issues, he warned the principals that if his instruction were not fulfilled properly, he would punish them. The warning was worded, “I will drink your blood!” When discussing another issue, he threatened private-school principals, who, in Shashkin’s view, had failed to provide students with proper schooling. This warning was in the following way: “We spend 20...

Textbooks: old approaches in present system

The future development of Georgia’s educational system is being undermined by a regressive approach to selecting textbooks for use in Georgian schools. The Government’s “new” stance on textbook development is reflective of both an outdated pedagogical vision and a lack of understanding of the appropriate role of the state in a free market economy. Rather than equipping our educational system for the 21st Century, the current stance on textbooks constitutes a major step backwards. In Soviet...

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