Corporate bosses, their political friends, celebrities, Bono, and hangers on of all descriptions are meeting in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum, committed, according to its tag line to 'improving the state of the world.' As usual education is well in the forefront of their plans for improvement.

For one particularly stellar session called,  'Reshaping the world through entrepreneurship, education and employment', the keynote speaker was None Park Guen-Hye, President of South Korea. In her talk she spoke of the necessity for economies to 'tap in to the creative mind,' and compared it to the mining of metals. She talked about the importance of 'creative' entrepreneurship without mentioning education once despite the session's title. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that the Korean Teachers Union has been under continual attack by her government for opposing standardised testing, because it destroys creativity and critical thinking. Indeed she went so far as to have the leader of the union arrested. 

Meanwhile in another part of the party venue, the philanthropic roundtable was chaired by the UK's own, Tony Blair - who is at present regularly troubled by what in the UK are called as a war ciminal, thanks to his philanthropic interventions in Iraq. Other speakers at the roundtable were Bill Gates, who is almost single handedly bringing education 'reform' to the US, without troubling to ask voters for their opinions and Richard Branson the corporate boss, whose latest hobby is arranging private trips into space for millionaires. The catchy title of the event  was: 'how to take philanthropy to the next level: how can social goals be achieved by including the private sector through gathering like-minded business leaders, each with an eye towards changing society and creating a more just and fair distribution of resources.' According to a blog at the session, the participants all seemed in 'pretty good spirits', which will be good news to teachers all over the world, waiting for their most recent plans to change society.

In the mean time the latest news for is that they are not doing quite so well as they might have hoped considering their near lion's share of the trillion dollar profits being made by education entrepreneurs world wide. As a media report pointed out, this was a tad embarrassing for chief executive John Fallon, who is giving a private talk about 'the Future of Education'. Such a shame it's private, we would so much have enjoyed to hear his wit and wisdom.