Every child has a right to learn. This makes education a global issue. I am glad we are cooperating in educational research and making the latest information available for everyone via internet. In my mind this makes education more global as we become more aware about different practices around the world.
Every teacher should be empowered to teach and to know they have choices. Comparing educational practices internationally may help us all to adapt better practices. I like to share the Finnish know-how of education, and while I am excited to see yet another study highlighting Finland as the best country in education, I am also hoping that the takeaways are much greater than just a simple ranking list.
Having data is not important, but knowing what to do with it!
New Pearson education study ” The Learning Curve” provides 5 important talking points:
- No magic bullets – there are no quick fixes in education, long term joint planning is needed for sustainable education quality.
- Respect teachers – trust in your teachers and value them, because they are your professionals that schools cannot function without!
- Culture can be changed – find the positive elements in your educational culture and highlight them, then start building on that foundation.
- Parents are not the key – but they certainly should be your allies! We have a joint mission: student success.
- Educate for the future – empower students to learn. Focus education on how to learn and how to think, because that improves transfer to all other areas of education.
I think these points are no news for people who are working on improving the quality of education around the world. It is very nice, though, to get additional affirmation for thoughts we have been posting and discussing about.
The one very important message is about changing your culture. We often talk about students, how they are not clones and should not be treated like ones. Standards are not the solution. Educational systems have their distinctive characteristics, too, and thus global education must have a unique look in different countries, districts and schools.
The paradigm change for educational quality must start at all levels of education – we cannot afford to wait for someone else to change first. Sometimes it is hard to find opportunities to choose. But, I refuse to believe there would be a classroom/school/educational system/country with absolutely no choices for students/teachers/administrators/policymakers to make learning more meaningful – the least we can do is to choose a “can do” attitude.
How could your class/school/district be global and unique at the same time? What are your positive elements?