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The Rebirth of Education : Schooling Ain't Learning.

Author/Creator:
Pritchett, Lant.
Publication:
Washington : Brookings Institution Press, 2013.
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Subjects:
Educational evaluation -- Developing countries.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
Despite great progress around the world in getting more kids into schools, too many leave without even the most basic skills. In India's rural Andhra Pradesh, for instance, only about one in twenty children in fifth grade can perform basic arithmetic. The problem is that schooling is not the same as learning. In The Rebirth of Education, Lant Pritchett uses two metaphors from nature to explain why. The first draws on Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom's book about the difference between centralized and decentralized organizations, The Starfish and the Spider. Schools systems tend be centralized and suffer from the limitations inherent in top-down designs. The second metaphor is the concept of isomorphic mimicry. Pritchett argues that many developing countries superficially imitate systems that were successful in other nations— much as a nonpoisonous snake mimics the look of a poisonous one. Pritchett argues that the solution is to allow functional systems to evolve locally out of an environment pressured for success. Such an ecosystem needs to be open to variety and experimentation, locally operated, and flexibly financed. The only main cost is ceding control; the reward would be the rebirth of education suited for today's world.
Contents:
Front Cover
Title Page
Copyright Information
Table of Cotents
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: From Universal Schooling to Universal Learning
Schooling Goals versus Education Goals
More Schooling Alone Won't Necessarily Give an Education
More of the Same is Just More of the Same
Camouflage of the Spider and Dangers of Centralized School Systems
Why Spiders Came to Dominate Schooling
The Rebirth of Education as Starfish Ecosystems of Educators
References
Data Sources
Index
Back Cover.
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Print version: Pritchett, Lant The Rebirth of Education
ISBN:
9781933286785
9781933286778
OCLC:
860923157