New York, NY (PRWEB) April 24, 2017
A new global study of approximately 540,000 students in 72 countries clearly shows that over the last decade, student well-being has seriously declined. "When disenfranchised youth from the heart of our countries, who have ticked all the boxes of formal education, join the Islamic State to turn the historic multi-ethnic and multi-religious powerhouses of the Middle East back into monocultures, something has gone wrong seriously," says Andreas Schleicher.
“Perhaps the most distressing threat to student well-being is bullying," notes Schleicher, "and it can have serious consequences for the victim, the bully and the bystanders.” Across OECD countries, “around 11% of students reported that they are frequently (at least a few times per month) made fun of, 7% reported that they are frequently left out of things, and 8% reported that they are frequently the object of nasty rumors in school.”
Teachers with negative evaluations of their students' abilities also contribute to student stress levels but students who believe their parents trust in their ability have more confidence. Schleicher emphasizes that schools need to create an environment of co-operation with parents and communities. “Teachers can be given better tools to enlist parents’ support, and schools can address some critical deficiencies of disadvantaged children, such as the lack of a quiet space for studying. If parents and teachers establish relationships based on trust, schools can rely on parents as valuable partners in the cognitive and socio-emotional education of their students.”
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Andreas Schleicher is the OECD Director for Education and Skills, and Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD Secretary-General.
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