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Atle Hetland

The Writer is a senior Norwegian social scientist with experience in research, diplomacy an development aid.

Cordial political debate for results

It is easy to criticise other people; we all do it and to some, it has become a pass time, not really with any purpose. We like to criticise people in power, too, such as politicians, not always knowing quite knowing enough about the…

Imagination and creativity

In today’s article, I shall emphasise the importance of imagination and creativity in education. I shall use two persons as models, Albert Einstein (1879-1955), the famous theoretical physicist from Germany who became a refugee in America,…

Everyone has the right to education

In a few articles during the school holidays, I have discussed education issues. I have suggested that we should make basic education for all by sharing the resources we have, and we should change the content to focus on values and the…

Inclusive education

The term ‘inclusive education’ became more commonly used some twenty years ago, although it had been used earlier, from the mid-seventies concerning special education. We didn’t quite know at first if the noun should be ‘inclusivity’ or…

Second chance education for youth

Debates about education and learning are never-ending issues, also now during school holidays. Education commissions, specialists, and politicians talk about what we should do. Alas, they rarely come up with alternatives and exciting ideas,…

Education discussion during school holidays

It is holiday time for many now in July, including school children and youth at colleges and universities. Many would not like to think about studies and homework at such a time, while others, students, teachers, parents, and policymakers,…

Getting our priorities right

When change is required, as it always is, since we have never reached the ultimate lasting situation, it is essential that we first analyse and make up our minds. In the title of the article, I say that we must have our priorities right,…

The monarchy in 2022

Last week, when the Norwegians held a fairytale celebration of Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th birthday and her age of majority, it was an elegant event for the young woman to become head of state. The royal family in the country is…

Political cultures behind politics

A political system in a country is influenced by and embedded in the country’s political culture. Political culture is the broad set of values and ways in politics. Many times, these are based on traditions, beliefs, attitudes, and other…

World Economic Forum summer meeting

The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting from 22-26 May this year, instead of at the usual time at the end of January, when the tourist resort is a fairytale with snow and ice, long moonlit nights, short sunny days, or perhaps…

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