OECD/PISA Study Shows Student Well-Being Is in Serious Decline

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CMRubinWorld's new interview with OECD/PISA Director Andreas Schleicher explores the first of its kind study which highlights bullying as being a serious threat to young people’s happiness.

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.

CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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