• Preparing teachers and school leaders for the 21st century – Ministers and Union leaders meet on how to turn visions into reality

    Ministers, Union leaders and teacher leaders from 23 of the 25 highest performing and most rapidly improving education systems on PISA followed an invitation from U.S. Education Secretary Duncan, the OECD and Educatio...
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  • Singapore: Five days in thinking schools and a learning nation

    Updated version 12 November 2011 I had always been interested in Asia’s success story of Singapore, that transformed itself from a developing country to a modern industrial economy in one generation. This year I...
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  • We have moved

    OECD’s educationtoday blog on global perspectives on education has moved to: http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.com   We will continue to blog about hot topics in education around the globe and at OECD, br...
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  • Reading: The virtue of pleasure

    It is a virtuous cycle if there ever was one: when students enjoy reading, they tend to read better, which makes reading easier and more enjoyable, so they read more, and so on. Better readers not only perform well in...
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  • Australia’s challenge to balance accountability with improvement

    The OECD review of Australia’s system of evaluation and assessment gains extensive press coverage and provides wider relevance for the education world   The OECD’s recent review of Australia’s...
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  • Education XX.0

    PISA surveys are crafted to answer the question: Are students well prepared to meet the challenges of the future? The OECD is not alone in asking. In a provocative opinion piece published recently in The New York Time...
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  • 岩手滞在について

    2011年7月30日 アンドレアス・シュライヒャー    危機への対応を見れば、その社会の本当の姿や骨組みが見えてくるということもあるように感じた。わずかな数秒で自然が人間の作った全てのものを破壊できること、しかし、人間の強さや地域のリーダーシップに加え、人々が力を合わせれば、とても乗り越えられないような困難を乗り越え、社会の復興していくことが可能であることを目撃した。    海岸沿いを車で移動したが、村の...
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  • Rebuilding education after the tsunami - some impressions

    It seems that one way to see the fabric and true face of a society is to learn how it responds to a crisis. I witnessed how nature can destroy anything mankind builds within seconds, but also how human strength of min...
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  • New arguments in the public vs. private school debate

    Debates on the benefits and disadvantages of private schooling are as perennial as daisies – and the arguments tendered to justify each viewpoint are just about as common: a more innovative educational environme...
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  • Korea’s Choice: “Smart Education”  

    Myself, along with many educators and education policymakers, were pleased to receive news that Korea had topped the OECD’s Digital Reading Assessment (DRA).  We were even more encouraged by the results sho...
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  • Introducing...PISA!

    A test the whole world can take…   It’s a breathtaking concept – but for the OECD it’s a very real way of finding out how well-prepared today’s students are to participate fully in...
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  • The case against repeating grades

    Grade repetition is an education policy that elicits strong feelings among educators, psychologists and parents.   But does this policy achieve its ultimate aim: to offer better – and more equitable ̵...
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  • Working together to improve lower secondary schools

    It is not easy to keep adolescents motivated and engaged in school, when they have new interests and are going through important physical and social changes. Yet this is what lower secondary education needs to do. Thi...
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  • Korea's rapidly ageing population - why Early Childhood Education matters

    Although Korea is a great success story for economic development, it faces major challenges ahead to sustain growth and social cohesion. It's got a lot to do with demographics and the Global Green Growth Summit held i...
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  • Education forecast: Increasingly cloud-y?

    It’s been quite the week for e-education news: On Monday, US publisher McGraw-Hill launched its first all-digital, cloud-based textbook for primary and secondary school students while UK publisher Pearson announ...
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  • Navigating their way into the future

    The next time you’re about to coax, cajole, bribe or otherwise attempt to disconnect your child from the computer or smartphone, take a few deep breaths and consider this fact: students who are unfamiliar with o...
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  • Lessons learned, lessons shared: evaluating educationtoday

    Educationtoday turns 2  tomorrow, 25 June 2011. How did that happen? With close to 800 content items, including over 100 blogposts, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic, excited and grateful, as many of us feel on...
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  • You don’t have to be bad to get better

    In early June I attended the OECD seminar for Norwegian leaders in education improvement in Ontario with around 30 of the most important stakeholders in the Norwegian education system. The seminar was the last part of...
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  • Youth with disabilities - making successful transitions beyond school

    Making a successful transition from secondary school on to tertiary studies and to employment often isn’t easy for young people. The setting is different, students are expected to take charge of their own learni...
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  • Progress is...

    …education for all. A simple concept; and for 25-year-old Javier Elías, a winning one: Elías was awarded first place in the OECD’s 50th Anniversary Video Competition for his two-minute part-anim...
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