My heart was pumping. My knees were shaking. My throat went dry. I couldn’t concentrate. But last Saturday I overcame my fears. I opened my eyes. And watched Brazil and Chile face off in a penalty shootout. All the way to the end.
Yes. Even watching penalties gives me the shakes! So what must it be like for the players? I can’t imagine! Since 1982, 221 players have lined up to take a penalty in 24 World Cup penalty shootouts. 63 have failed to score.
That’s almost 3 in 10 anxious penalty takers! Meanwhile, the OECD tells us that about 3 in 10 boys get nervous doing maths problems. In most countries, high levels of maths anxiety are closely linked with lower test results. Students who suffer from maths anxiety won’t – or can’t – even try to solve maths problems.
The bubble graph compares the nerves of maths students and penalty takers in the remaining World Cup countries. I’ve chosen to take boys only, since they’re the ones taking penalties at the World Cup. It’s worth noting that in most countries, girls get much more nervous than boys about maths. This is a big problem, since more confident girls in maths means (a) more equitable education systems and (b) more qualified people to take on techy and scientific jobs.
We can see that: Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, costa rica, france, Germany, maths anxiety, Netherlands, penalties, penalty shootouts
Group B boasts great educators and top footballers. It also gathers three big aid donors: Australia, the Netherlands and Spain. So how committed are they to global education? The answer, as this chart shows, is: not enough !
Goup B’s combined aid to basic education in developing countries didn’t even reach 2 Messis in 2012. For those of you unfamiliar with this scale:
1 Messi = US$ 163.2 million.
Brazil will beat Argentina in a stunning World Cup final, says Goldman Sachs. England and Japan, on the other hand, will drop out in the group stages. But what if providing education for all determined World Cup outcomes?
Based on the 2011 Education for All Development Index (EDI) and ruthlessly ignoring issues around UK/English identity, the graph below shows you that England and Japan are the World Cup’s best educators.
It’d be a closely fought final! Japan has strength in numbers: more children are enrolled in school, and more of them reach grade 5. But the UK boasts higher rates of adult literacy. My money is on a Japanese victory – it scores much higher than the UK on gender parity. Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, EDI, EFA, England, Ghana, Global Monitoring Report, Goldman Sachs, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Uruguay