Which is the right path to learning? At the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, headteachers, academics – even adventurers – all took to the floor for important debate about the challenges that modern education is currently under. 95 per cent of teaching is good parenting, said Thomas Friedman, author of 'The World is Flat.' Education has the power to bring peace to the world, said Esteban Bullrich, Argentinian Education Minister. Meanwhile Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education at the OECD, gave an example of where tension remains between learning and technology, saying: 'We put 5-yr-olds in the US in a classroom with a Chinese teacher for six months, with another class seeing the same teacher only via video screen. The children who were face to face with the teacher started to speak Mandarin, whereas the classroom taught by video had a learning output of zero. We need to understand where technology amplifies learning, and where it lessens it.'
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