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Background Paper - 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 ...

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.

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.