Andreas Schleicher: Seven big myths about top-performing school systems

A paper by Andreas Schleicher, , at the BBC website. The list of “seven big myths”:

  1. Disadvantaged pupils are doomed to do badly in school
  2. Immigrants lower results
  3. It’s all about money
  4. Smaller class sizes raise standards
  5. Comprehensive systems for fairness, academic selection for higher results
  6. The digital world needs new subjects and a wider curriculum
  7. Success is about being born talented

In my [AB] humble opinion,  this appears to be the case when the negations of myths are myths, too (with a possible exception of no. 7). School systems cannot, and should not, be compared without first having a close look at socio-economic, cultural, and political environments of their home countries.

1 thought on “Andreas Schleicher: Seven big myths about top-performing school systems

  1. This is a horse-and-carriage situation: it is the social mobility that drives education, not the other way round. Children from deprived backgrounds in rapidly economically developing countries are obsessed with getting education because it gives them a real chance in life. Shanghai style education cannot be imported into the UK without importing Shanghai style economy.

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