This is the most important post you will read this month or maybe even this year. It refutes the basis of American education policy.
This is major study of the relationship between scores on PISA and economic growth. It demonstrates that there is none.
It was written by Hikaru Komatsu (Associate Professor at National Taiwan University) and Jeremy Rappleye (Associate Professor at Kyoto University, Graduate School of Education) for the Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training. The authors criticize the work of Hoover economist Eric Hanushek and demonstrate how his theories of human capital development were widely adopted by American and European organizations and became the convention wisdom.
Komatsu and Rappleye demonstrate the flaws in Hanushek’s theories, which have led to unprecedented emphasis on improving standardized test scores in many nations.
They begin by reviewing a paper published by the European Commission, based on Hanushek’s human…
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