30 Nov '16, 2am

Singapore has topped global education rankings. So what will it take to be the 'cleverest country'?

Singapore has topped global education rankings. So what will it take to be the 'cleverest country'?

7. It's not a knockout competition. Education league tables are based on the proportion of young people reaching some benchmark of ability. The winners will be those who assume that everyone should cross that finishing line, including the poorest - and that is a distinguishing feature of the top Asian systems. They put the best teachers with the weakest pupils to make sure everyone gets to a basic standard. In contrast, much of the western approach to education is more like the Grand National, with the expectation that very few of the horses starting the race will still be there at the finish. And the rankings reflect this fundamental difference.

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38145491

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