As work changes and jobs demand higher level skills, people without good reading skills are most at risk of being left behind.
Reading is the learning-to-learn skill. It’s the cornerstone of every other job skill — communication, collaboration, problem-solving and being able to learn and adapt all depend on reading. As work changes and jobs demand higher level skills, people without good reading skills are most at risk of being left behind. People gain and lose reading skill over the course of their lifetimes, but the people entering the workforce over the last few years, are, on average, finishing high school with less skill to begin with.
Read the full article by Janet Lane and T Scott Murray here: Opinion: 14 points that matter to literacy | Saskatoon StarPhoenix
The man in charge of the Pisa tests, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence from around the world reveals some big myths about what makes for a successful education system.
Read the full article here: BBC News: Seven Big Myths about Top-Performing School Systems
A study from the Institute of Education has examined why these children of Chinese migrants are so high-achieving. It examined Australian schools, where 15-year olds from Chinese families are the equivalent of two years ahead of their Australian classmates. The study pointed to factors such as hard work and parental engagement.
via BBC News: Why do Chinese pupils do so well in school tests?
What these sorts of analyses show is that those countries do well on PISA tests, but their schools have a big advantage in that they operate in a different learning culture; the usual explanation for East Asian academic success is parental attitudes to learning.
via BBC News: What effect does culture have on learning?
The maths skills of teenagers in parts of the deep south of the United States are worse than in countries such as Turkey and barely above countries such as Chile and Mexico.
Read more: BBC News: US ‘in denial’ over poor maths standards
Providing an education for children in such sparsely-populated rural areas is one of China’s major challenges. While the economic and social development of these rural regions has been remarkable, China’s coastal cities are racing ahead at an even faster pace.
Read more: BBC News: Rural China’s tough lessons in resilience