The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain't Learning

The Rebirth of Education Schooling Ain t Learning Despite great progress around the world in getting kids into schools too many leave without even the most basic skills In India s rural Andhra Pradesh for instance only about one in twenty children

  • Title: The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain't Learning
  • Author: Lant Pritchett
  • ISBN: 9781299991163
  • Page: 259
  • Format: ebook
  • Despite great progress around the world in getting kids into schools, too many leave without even the most basic skills In India s rural Andhra Pradesh, for instance, only about one in twenty children in fifth grade can perform basic arithmetic.The problem is that schooling is not the same as learning In The Rebirth of Education, Lant Pritchett uses two metaphorsDespite great progress around the world in getting kids into schools, too many leave without even the most basic skills In India s rural Andhra Pradesh, for instance, only about one in twenty children in fifth grade can perform basic arithmetic.The problem is that schooling is not the same as learning In The Rebirth of Education, Lant Pritchett uses two metaphors from nature to explain why The first draws on Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom s book about the difference between centralized and decentralized organizations, The Starfish and the Spider Schools systems tend be centralized and suffer from the limitations inherent in top down designs The second metaphor is the concept of isomorphic mimicry Pritchett argues that many developing countries superficially imitate systems that were successful in other nations much as a nonpoisonous snake mimics the look of a poisonous one Pritchett argues that the solution is to allow functional systems to evolve locally out of an environment pressured for success Such an ecosystem needs to be open to variety and experimentation, locally operated, and flexibly financed The only main cost is ceding control the reward would be the rebirth of education suited for today s world.

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    1. The premise of the book is to support decentralization of the education process without actually choosing which path to take (charter, private, voucher, etc.). That's a much better answer than choosing a path, the author argues, because the actual path depends on the society that is building the educational system. The argument is not only convincing, it's basically right. You cannot argue that the same educational system will work in India, China, Nigeria & France. It's actually a bit laugh [...]

    2. I discovered great insights from the book! This book opened my eyes that in order to ameliorate the quality of education, the whole system in the country needs to change. This book made me feel a bit pessimistic about it, actually, but it's good to have a comprehensive understanding about the issue. I recommend the book for those who's interested in education (especially in developing countries) and development. Some of the great things Pritchett wrote in the book:"If your bicycle tire has a hol [...]

    3. can get 80% with pritchett's econtalks interview and a couple of the academic papers, but its fun to readree takeaways:1 - The dramatic increase in schooling in the developing world has not been matched by increases in education, and more inputs are unlikely to produce improved outcomes without improved systems (the numbers here are really startling)2 - Developing world education is driven by spider systems (top down design, centralized), at the expense of starfish systems (bottom up evolution, [...]

    4. Interesting essay with compelling evidence that the global education problems are being resolved by focussing to much on schooling (inputs) as opposed to outcomes, i.e. learning. The author elaborates on a comprehensive and, to some extent, disruptive proposal which requires governments to shift the paradigm on how to deploy education systems and measure progress.

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