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The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain't Learning

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Despite great progress around the world in getting more 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 ...more
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Published January 2nd 2014 by Center for Global Development (first published January 1st 2013)
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Syed Ashrafulla
Jul 01, 2015 Syed Ashrafulla rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Dylan Groves
Jan 23, 2014 Dylan Groves rated it really liked it
can get 80% with pritchett's econtalks interview and a couple of the academic papers, but its fun to read.

three 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 evolutio
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Jun 19, 2016 Vasco Nunes rated it really liked it
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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Lant Pritchett (born 1959) is an American developmental economist. He worked for the World Bank from 1988 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2007. From 2000 to 2004 he was a lecturer in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently a professor of the practice of economic development at the Kennedy School of Government.

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“Perhaps more surprising, even the rich in developing countries also lag. For example, in Indonesia, the richest quintile has scores around 450--less than the 500 for the poorest quintile in Korea or the same as the poorest quintile in UK. So in poor countries, the richest are still getting a mediocre education, and the poor cannot be said to be getting any education at all.” 0 likes
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