A Brave New World: The new frontiers of technology and education

by Tracey BurnsProject Leader, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD “I don’t actually have an attention problem. I just take the pill when I need to be sharp”. Legal drugs such as Ritalin, used for treating attention deficit disorder, are increasingly being repurposed by healthy students to feel sharper on exam day. “Smart drugs” allegedly …

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What does a country average actually mean?

by Dirk Van DammeHead of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, Directorate for Education and Skills The institutional framework of the international community was created in the period following the Second World War. The building blocks for international organisations, including the OECD, were and are the nation-states of the post-World War and post-colonial order. However, …

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How to transform schools into learning organisations?

by Andreas SchleicherDirector, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills Schools nowadays are required to learn faster than ever before in order to deal effectively with the growing pressures of a rapidly changing environment. Many schools however, look much the same today as they did a generation ago, and too many teachers are not developing the pedagogies …

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