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The premature death of the whole-child approach in preschool

The premature death of the whole-child approach in preschool
Written by Chester Green on 2017-07-01


The call came in from two leading researchers of the World Bank. “Preschool is on the international agenda. As we roll out programs around the globe we’re concerned about doing it right—ensuring high quality and having a strong evidenced based curriculum. So what’s the deal? We’ve heard misgivings about the whole-child approach.”Preschool is indeed on the global agenda. The United Nations...(Read More)

Acting on Malala’s message: Girls’ education can lead to a healthier planet

Acting on Malala’s message: Girls’ education can lead to a healthier planet
Written by Chester Green on 2017-04-21


Last week, as Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, accepted honorary citizenship in front of the Canadian Parliament, her message was clear: girls from all over the world hold the key to today’s most pressing global challenges and climate change is chief among them. At the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, we couldn’t...(Read More)

How teachers use mobile phones as education tools in refugee camps

How teachers use mobile phones as education tools in refugee camps
Written by Chester Green on 2017-03-14


In a simulation presented by Doctors Without Borders, participants had to choose the few items they would take with them if forced to flee. They faced a wall of plastic cards with pictures on them: shoes, medicine, passport, food, water. Even young children rushed to grab the card with the phone printed on it. Without phones of their own, they too knew instinctively the power of this connection (see...(Read More)

Education assessment in the 21st century: Moving beyond traditional methods

Education assessment in the 21st century: Moving beyond traditional methods
Written by Chester Green on 2017-02-23


The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) describe the target of achieving inclusive and quality education for all by 2030. As we work to accomplish this goal, we must also face the bigger challenge of not only identifying where children can access education, but how they can benefit from access—an imprecise target. From the perspective of educational measurement, to what extent...(Read More)

6 lessons for using data to improve student learning in developing countries

6 lessons for using data to improve student learning in developing countries
Written by Chester Green on 2017-02-05


In recent years, transparency and social accountability reforms have gained traction in global education circles, building from a broader development agenda that encourages participatory processes and local empowerment. The general idea is that the availability of information at the school level can empower parents and communities to hold providers and governments accountable for delivering quality...(Read More)

Let’s aspire, but be realistic: What skills can be taught for the 21st century?

Let’s aspire, but be realistic: What skills can be taught for the 21st century?
Written by Chester Green on 2017-01-20


The importance of work-ready skills has long been endorsed, but only recently have we seen a move from focus on specific skills for jobs (vocational skills) to generic or 21st century skills necessary for all entering the workforce. But while enthusiasm for “skills” in education abounds, let’s think about some realities.A recent UNESCO report highlights the challenges for education systems...(Read More)

Ensuring millions of children have the opportunity to learn

Ensuring millions of children have the opportunity to learn
Written by Chester Green on 2016-12-16


On Thursday, October 27, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) co-hosted an event, “Ensuring millions of children have the opportunity to learn,” in London to share findings and recommendations from the report, Millions Learning: Scaling up quality education in developing countries.Anna French, education policy team...(Read More)

Champions for learning: The power of partnerships in global education

Champions for learning: The power of partnerships in global education
Written by Chester Green on 2016-11-20


The Learning Metrics Task Force, or LMTF, was a group of education experts, civil society members, and government representatives convened in 2012 to catalyze a shift in the global education conversation from access on its own to access plus learning. LMTF also sought to build consensus on global learning indicators and actions to improve the learning in all countries. After two phases of work, the...(Read More)

Poor kids learn like rich kids and all the kids in between

Poor kids learn like rich kids and all the kids in between
Written by Chester Green on 2016-11-05


We have heard the argument before: Low-income children suffer from an achievement gap that has plagued them since before the term was coined in 1975. To remedy these inequities, many well-meaning policymakers and educators tell us, we must return to the basics. They claim that because some poor children come from environments that foster toxic stress, and because they do not have rich cognitive stimulation,...(Read More)





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