Saturday, March 15, 2014

What can we learn from Pisa?

  • Girls do better at reading than boys
  • Boys do better at mathematics than girls
  • There is no real difference between girls and boys in how they do in science
    • Given the opportunities all children have the potential to excel
  • School systems that invest in helping students learn their subjects the first time around do much better than those where teachers know they can, if necessary, drill the same material, year after year, into the heads of the same struggling students
  • Home background has a major influence on students' success
    • By the time they are 3, children in advantaged families are exposed to many more words than their less advantaged peers
    • If there are no books at home, or if they don't see their parents reading they will be less inclined to read themselves
  • Regardless of their own backgrounds students who attend schools that have a largely disadvantaged student population tend to do worse than the students who attend schools with relatively advantaged peers
  • A country doesn't have to be wealthy to provide high quality education: e.g. Poland and Shanghai
  • Countries can improve their education system. Pisa ranking is not carved in stone
  • Successful education systems make education a priority
    • They show the value of the teaching profession by investing in it
    • So that, they attract highly qualified candidate, they train them well and get the best among them