• In Search of a Better Life

    The OECD’s Better Life Index allows individuals to choose among a set of indicators, including education, that contribute most to their individual well-being   The tyranny of GDP as a measure of a country&...
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  • Skills for an Empowered Life

    The OECD 50th Anniversary Forum was very good this week, and maybe their best annual meeting yet (in which I have attended), and I particularly enjoyed the interactive “Getting Ready for the Jobs of TomorrowR...
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  • Better skills for better lives

    Everyone knows being skilled is an advantage: skilled workers are more productive and therefore tend to earn more and have better employment prospects. Greater productivity, in turn, is the foundation for sustainable ...
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  • Vocational Voice - VET students claiming our education!

    In the current push for involving stakeholders in vocational education and training, there is one group who are often forgotten – the students themselves. Amongst the business leaders, SME’s, parents, teac...
    Jessie Seal
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  • Managing and matching skills

    An adequate supply of the right kind of skills in the workforce is key to boosting economic growth, especially now in this post-crisis climate of high unemployment     You’ve seen it in the news. Youn...
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  • Talk about a skills strategy...

    When your grandmother tries to give you advice, what’s your reaction? Do you giggle behind your hand? Do you gently tell her to mind her own business? Do you smile dismissively, turn and walk away?   What ...
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  • We all need to learn a new lesson or two

    Speaking at today’s OECD Forum session on Gender: Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and wife of the former British Prime Minister, Tony Bl...
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  • Learning for Jobs: Developing practical skills through vocational education

    As the OECD releases Towards a Skills Strategy, maybe you’re wondering how countries actually train electricians, plumbers, chefs, hotel staff or hairstylists.   Turns out they do it in different ways. So...
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  • Skills formation - skills utilisation: two sides of the same coin

    The decision of the OECD to develop a Skills Strategy, in order to support its member countries in establishing their national level strategies has been timely. In many countries the meaning of skills, the way of thin...
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  • What’s going on in class?

    Popular belief has it that every successive crop of students is less disciplined than the one before it, and that teachers are losing control over their classes.   Well, popular belief has it wrong: according to...
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  • Are Rankings the Emperor’s New Clothes?

    Is it always a good thing when a university rises up the rankings and breaks into the top 100? Do rankings raise standards by encouraging competition or do they undermine the broader mission to provide education? Shou...
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  • Rankings are not a disease, they are a symptom

    Today UNESCO is assembling dignitaries from all over the world to talk about rankings in higher education. You may wonder what more remains to be said on that topic: rankings have been variously described as a distrac...
    Richard YELLAND
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  • Measuring learning in a global marketplace

    To understand the growing importance of cross-national university assessments, you first have to understand the extent to which higher education has become a truly global institution. Students now hopscotch from count...
    Ben Wildavsky
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  • What do children think about assessment?

    Many countries have national tests of children at key points as they progress through the school system. They can be a source of tension and contention and are sometimes hotly debated. But what do kids who are being a...
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  • Evaluation and Assessment: tools to improve student outcomes in Denmark

    Assessment, testing, evaluation, appraisal – these words can easily raise hackles in education circles and become hotly contested. Do we need them? Should we have them? And do they actually raise performance? Pr...
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  • Sit back and enjoy the lecture

    Open educational resources (OER) are providing more and more opportunities for learning  At no point in human history more knowledge has been generated. And technology in general and the Web in particular provide...
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  • OECD tells Japan to invest more in early childhood education

    It’s not often that OECD encourages governments to spend more – especially when public debt is soaring and budget tightening is the order of the day. But early childhood education is an exception.   ...
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  • A hitchhiker’s guide to complexity in governance and education

    The clear blue sky over Oslo that morning was a source of inspiration for the plucky crowd of people drawn from  12 countries. Cross-country skiers? Marathon runners? No. These valiant men and women had gathered ...
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  • Pathways to Prosperity

    Last spring I had the pleasure of spending three months in the OECD Directorate for Education, working mostly with Simon Field and colleagues on the “Learning for Jobs” project.  Prior to coming to OE...
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  • Taking Teaching Seriously

    A first-of-its-kind summit on the teaching profession with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria   Imagine you were responsible for transforming your country’s edu...
    Cassandra Davis
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