Full Frame: Excellence in Education

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Excellence in Education

Education is a priority for parents everywhere around the world. In times of AI, experts are seeking the best tools for teaching and for promoting critical thinking in students. 

The state of education and the tools for better learning

Nearly 700,000 students take the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. Its most recent report found that reading and science have been on a downward trajectory for the past decade.  Between 2018 and 2022, performance in math across the countries tested fell by a record 15 points. COVID has only made things worse. During the pandemic, students on average were behind three quarters of a year in Math and half a year in Reading. But there is hope as Andreas Schleicher discusses with Mike Walter. Schleicher is the Director for Education and Skills, at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Innovation and recently developed technology bring new tools to the field of education. 


China has something to teach us about learning 

Learning Math shouldn’t be boring and teacher Zhang Zhan applies this thought in her classroom. She remembers when her teachers instilled the love of learning in her and she hopes to plant the seed of curiosity in her students. 

Making math a priority in the classroom and becoming a better teacher through idea exchange 

Math, taught in the right way, is the key to successful learning, according to Charlie Stripp. Stripp is the director of the National Center for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, based in the U-K.  His life work has focused on advocacy of mathematics education at all levels. Understanding the power and wonder of mathematics makes people’s lives better and having equal access to math education is essential for individual and national economic success. Host Mike Walter met Charlie Stripp in New York City at a conference on international math teaching hosted by the Forum for World Education.