It’s not the quantity – but the quality of educational outcomes that really matters!

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What are the features of high performing education systems?  Andreas Schleicher of the OECD speaks on the findings of a recent report on “The High Cost of low educational performance”.

“High aspirations;

back up with strong support to schools;

give schools room to manouevre;

systems of intelligent accountability to enable them to intervene when things go wrong;

basically very open and flexible education systems.”

 “It’s not the QUANTITY of educational outcomes but the  QUALITY of educational outcomes that makes a difference.

 “It’s about new ways of thinking;

 it’s about creativity and innovation, problem-solving, critical thinking;

 it’s about new ways of working, collaboration;

 It’s about new tools for working, infromation technology and how we get people to capitalise on the potential of new technology;

and, very importantly, how do we live in an increasingly hetergeneous world?

The world is changing fast.

It’s specifying education in those terms – not just what we have done in the past but the kind of skills that will matter in the future.”

If this doesn’t capture the essence of Curriculum for Excellence I don’t know what does.

The real question should be asking ourselves isn’t  “Should we be delaying Curriculum for Excellence?” but “Can we really afford to delay Curriculum for Excellence?”. 

I’ll leave the last word to Andreas Schleicher “Improved performance in education will have a huge effect on the economic performance of European countries.”