Thursday, August 28, 2014
  1. The Trouble with Universal Education

    Bjørn Lomborg

    The Trouble with Universal Education

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     says that pursuing the goal of primary schooling for all is an inefficient use of resources.

    Classroom in Africa Thryn/Flickr

    In an ideal world, universal, high-quality education at all levels would be a worthy international development goal. But, amid competing demands for basic necessities like health care and potable water, narrower, more cost-effective education targets are essential. READ MORE

  2. The Underachieving Education Business

    John S. Katzman
  3. The Dark Side of Physics

    Maria Spiropulu

    The Dark Side of Physics

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     says that researchers stand at a new threshold in the search for what holds the universe together.

    CERN partical collider CERN/Antonia Hayes

    Almost a century ago, the first galaxy beyond our own was discovered, and within a decade the theory that the universe is expanding was first proposed. Since then, astounding technological developments have contributed to revolutionary progress in science, and physics now stands at a new threshold. READ MORE

  4. PISA’s Promise

    Ángel Gurría

    PISA’s Promise

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     defends the OECD's Program for International Student Assessment.

    Students taking test bcgovphotos/Flickr

    The OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment has elicited considerable criticism. But, though there are significant challenges inherent in comparing schools across countries, PISA remains an invaluable tool for policymakers attempting to improve their national education systems. READ MORE

  5. The Ivy Clique

    Sami Mahroum

    The Ivy Clique

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     proposes sending more students from low-income countries to the world's elite universities.

    Harvard Yard Winter Harvard Yard/Wikimedia Commons

    The relationships that are formed at elite universities are among the most influential in the world. As long as low-income countries are excluded from these social circles, they will remain unable to attract the resources they need to improve their international status and enhance their contribution to the global economy. READ MORE

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