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Reinventing Education

The Challenge

Global competition and the global financial crisis have put additional pressures on education programs around the world—what they should deliver, how they should be delivered and how they should be financed in terms of the relative contributions of the public and private sectors.

Getting the correct balance of skills needed to achieve economic growth and getting these skills delivered by education are challenges that are not helped by the lack of good “education metrics”, which could allow policy-makers to learn from their own and other countries’ educational experiences.

In more developed economies, challenges related to education are about ageing societies, highly indebted governments and stagnant labor markets; in many other countries, the challenges include the development of decent educational systems and making the best use of limited resources.

So far however, the use of evidence based analyses responding to these challenges is rare. There have been successes using metric measurements, with some studies clearly demonstrating how data gathering can help to improve policy decisions. In particular, the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) provides a better understanding of what drives educational achievements in different countries. A variety of other datasets exploring diverse issues associated with education are available while others are under construction.

Should business and policy-makers be guided by measures of human capital (overall skills) rather than measures of “years in schooling” (for example, PISA, 2010)? Should policy aim for increased linking of education investments with economic performance (for example, PIAAC, the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies)?

How should schools be funded with tightening public budgets? Can business make money out of education? If the returns to fee-paying schools attract business investment, are graduates from private schools equipped with skills that employers really need? What type of education helps graduates and school leavers contribute most towards economic growth?

    Solutions

    Solution
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    Investing in early education, with incentives to encourage the engagement of the parents, is better than fixing problems later.

    Investing in early education, with incentives to encourage the engagement of the parents, is better than fixing problems later.

    Investing in early education, with incentives to encourage the engagement of the parents, is better than fixing problems later.

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    Solution
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    Relate elite universities’ access to public funds to their success in transmitting their knowledge to other universities.

    Relate elite universities’ access to public funds to their success in transmitting their knowledge to other universities.

    Relate elite universities’ access to public funds to their success in transmitting their knowledge to other universities.

    Polity, Academia
    Solution
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    Encourage more evidence-based studies to help policy-makers formulate decisions that will reform and restructure theeducational system.

    Encourage more evidence-based studies to help policy-makers formulate decisions that will reform and restructure theeducational system.

    Encourage more evidence-based studies to help policy-makers formulate decisions that will reform and restructure the
    educational system.

    Polity, Academia
    Solution
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    Give an “education service contract” to older, experienced people to encourage them to impart their insights to students.

    Give an “education service contract” to older, experienced people to encourage them to impart their insights to students.

    Give an “education service contract” to older, experienced people to encourage them to impart their insights to students.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Reinvent education using powerful distance-learning tools adapted to the economic development of a country—from community radio to more technological-intensive e-learning.

    Reinvent education using powerful distance-learning tools adapted to the economic development of a country—from community radio to more technological-intensive e-learning.

    Reinvent education using powerful distance-learning tools adapted to the economic development of a country—from community radio to more technological-intensive e-learning.

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    Proposals

    Proposal
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    Reinventing Education

    The ubiquitous phrase ‘back to the blackboard’ is often used to describe something that is deficient and that needs to be partially or fully reworked. Some economists like Wössmann or researchers ...

    The ubiquitous phrase ‘back to the blackboard’ is often used to describe something that is deficient and that needs to be partially or fully reworked. Some economists like Wössmann or researchers at the OECD might apply the same reasoning to the education systems of many industrialized countries; hence the idea that education needs to be ‘reinvented’. From the empirical findings and commentary presented in the accompanying ‘Background Paper’ to this session, we have put together some solutions which we present to the panel as an input for their deliberations at the Global Economic Symposium in October 2011. 1. What matters most

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    Proposal
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    Youth Ministry Solution - Reinventing Education

    My belief is that the Global Education System is in crisis, putting the long term future of global economy in question. I have set below few solutions which are not quick fixes but long term missions ...

    My belief is that the Global Education System is in crisis, putting the long term future of global economy in question. I have set below few solutions which are not quick fixes but long term missions which will have huge impact on children, talent of individuals, society and the economy as a whole. In order to resolve one of the biggest challenges of this Century and to ensure we produce masses of talented, passionate individuals who will be able to carry the future into an unpredictable era, we need to shift our mindset and redefine our goals. We need to

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    Proposal
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    Reinventing Education

    There appears to be no common global understanding of an appropriate competency profile, neither for people on a basic educational level nor for more advanced levels. We need to understand, that cultu ...

    There appears to be no common global understanding of an appropriate competency profile, neither for people on a basic educational level nor for more advanced levels. We need to understand, that cultures and traditions as well as status of technology/economic development have a substantial influence on opinions and perceptions on this matter. Language and writing also appear to have a major impact on skills required. It would be useful to develop a set of internationally agreed and accepted standard competency profiles, which need to be differentiated to receive global acceptance. Guiding principle for these competency profiles should be the

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    Proposal
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    Reinventing Education

    “Back to the Blackboard,” as an approach to the task of “reinventing” education suggests that the aim of the effort is not necessarily to create something completely new. It is, rather, to ree ...

    “Back to the Blackboard,” as an approach to the task of “reinventing” education suggests that the aim of the effort is not necessarily to create something completely new. It is, rather, to reexamine the goals, assumptions and the existing structures of the education enterprise, as a step towards evaluating proposals to improve educational processes and outcomes. This caveat is particularly important for emerging economies struggling to invest additional funds in education. The plausible belief that the metrics and the high-end technologies adopted by developed countries accounted for their success can drive late-starters to take the same direction. Countries with cash

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    Proposal
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    Reinventing Education

    The Challenge Africa has always been at the receiving end particularly in the field of Education, Economy and Technology. In the modern world of global competition, developing countries will have to l ...

    The Challenge Africa has always been at the receiving end particularly in the field of Education, Economy and Technology. In the modern world of global competition, developing countries will have to learn from the experiences of industrially developed countries, tap the potential of the various technologies and apply them in modified forms to suit their own needs and circumstances. While advanced countries have solutions and resources of all sorts and are looking for problems, developing countries have myriad problems and limited resources and are looking for solutions. The challenge then is to find meaningful collaboration for the benefit of all

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    Proposal
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    Inclusive education needs the best pedagogues

    Proposed Solutions – Inclusive education needs the best pedagogues Global Economic Symposium 2011 Aart De Geus, Bertelsmann Stiftung Education should be looked at from a holistic perspective. It is ...

    Proposed Solutions – Inclusive education needs the best pedagogues Global Economic Symposium 2011 Aart De Geus, Bertelsmann Stiftung Education should be looked at from a holistic perspective. It is the key for economic growth and social cohesion, it is essential for any individual to find their identity and purpose in life; it enables people to participate in society and in the labour market. Education is more than the school system – it starts with birth and continues throughout the whole life. Education is a value in itself: it does not need to solve all other problems. Thus, schools cannot fulfil

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    Background Paper

    Background Paper
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    Reinventing Education

    Global competition and the recent economic crisis have put additional pressures on how and what education programs should deliver. President Obama has pointed out how cutting edge and effective ...

    Global competition and the recent economic crisis have put additional pressures on how and what education programs should deliver. President Obama has pointed out how cutting edge and effective education helps a country maintain its global competitive position: "the countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow."

    What is the optimal public/private sector contribution? Can business make money out of education? Are graduates/ school leavers equipped with skills that employers really need? How do we ensure that the children of poorly educated parents escape from the poverty cycle? These problems are not helped by the lack of effective 'education metrics'. Our background paper seeks to find out whether recent advances in education research can help to shed light on some of these questions.

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    Implemen- tations

    Implementation
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    A range of measures by the Kenyan Government

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